Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Trump on His Own Terms

Trump on His Own Terms

Around middle school, I was way, way into Choose Your Own Adventure Books. At that point in my life, it was just beginning to occur to me that, despite every grown-up I knew telling me that I could “be anything I wanted to be,” the amount of control I exerted over my own future was, […]

Lawler is a fighter who deserves recognition

Lawler is a fighter who deserves recognition

I’ve been putting off writing about Robbie Lawler for a few weeks now, even in the immediate aftermath of his welterweight title-defending win over Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 in July. The fight-think piece aspect of this column has been making something of a comeback in recent months, and I’m doing my best to space […]

A Surprisingly Peaceful Weekend at the Movies

A Surprisingly Peaceful Weekend at the Movies

This past weekend, the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” hit theaters, raking in nearly $60 million in its opening weekend, a record for an R-rated film in the month of August. All this, despite Paul Giamatti wearing a hairpiece that makes him look like the father of both Ted Danson and Conan O’Brien. But you […]

Smart Enough to Call It Quits

Smart Enough to Call It Quits

When you truly love something, it’s difficult to understand limitations — your own, the ones of those around you, the very limited ability of that which you love to change anything outside the confines of its own microcosm. Public works, education, literature, you name it; it’s hard to quantify the effects of certain pursuits outside […]

Running to Stand Still

Running to Stand Still

I’m doing my best to focus. I know I should be covering and dismantling whatever nonsense the GOP candidates are saying right now — speaking of, go and read Hillary Clinton’s response to Mitch McConnell saying that she’s “playing the gender card;” it’s glorious — but, at least for these couple of weeks, I just […]

The Ever-Shrinking Buffer Zone

The Ever-Shrinking Buffer Zone

Josh Ruffin is off for the week, so please enjoy one of his columns for last July.   After about 15 years’ procrastination, I’m finally reading “The Stand.” I’m not sure why I resisted actually tackling the book for so long. Its length doesn’t bother me; I’ve read denser stuff in graduate school. Likewise, the […]

Wounds

Wounds

I have only vague memories of my own desires before the age of 14. These, largely, are my assumptions: that I wanted little more than to play video games, watch baseball and drink blue Kool Aid. There was also something ephemeral involving girls, but I didn’t — and, to a greater extent that I’d like […]

Give It a Rest, Netzhammer

Give It a Rest, Netzhammer

You know, the only silver lining regarding this resurgent controversy surrounding the Confederate flag is that, as more idiots keep doing more idiot things, it’s one more week that I don’t have to start writing about the 2016 presidential election. And though the appearance of Donald Trump effigy piñatas popping up all across Latin America […]

Correcting Course

Correcting Course

While it would be disingenuous to say that the South Carolina legislature’s decision to remove the Confederate flag from their courthouse is causing more problems than it’s solving — history has been on the side of this decision even long before it was made — it might be fair to say that the situation is […]