Ruffin It

This Addiction

This Addiction

Recently, I unearthed a good-sized pile of old CDs from during my album-reviewing days for the Metro Spirit and before. They were in a cardboard box that, I assume, we lugged up to our apartment when we moved in here this past May, assumed that something redeemable or useful would eventually make itself known, and […]

The value, and power, of obsession

The value, and power, of obsession

Okay, time to wrap it up. For this next and last installment of “Josh Geeks Out Over Horror Films Just Because It’s Halloween,” I’m tackling the awkward, gothic, endearingly kitschy “The Ninth Gate,” a film that answers the question: What happens when a temperamental man-child actor has an off-screen tiff with a pedophilic genius? Johnny […]

A Meditation on the Grieving Process

A Meditation on the Grieving Process

When I first watched “Don’t Look Now,” I was in the midst of a singular period in my life. About two thirds of the way through graduate school, I was respected by my students and my professors alike, had a little money and had managed to wrangle a few publications onto my curriculum vitae. With […]