Paul Collins

Paul Collins teaches creative writing at Portland State University, and his latest book is The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars. Follow him on Twitter.

Holidays
Dec. 12 2014 9:27 AMThe Original War on ChristmasThe short, glorious history of the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving.
Gearbox
May 15 2012 7:07 AMThe Silent KillerHybrids are so quiet that pedestrians never hear them coming. Now automakers are racing to make the car of the future sound like the gas guzzlers of old.
Culturebox
April 13 2012 3:42 PMThe Postman Rings Every So OftenThe end of Saturday mail is coming—and Friday mail might be next.
The Cashless Society
Feb. 27 2012 6:30 AMDo You Know What James K. Polk Looks Like?It would be disturbingly easy to fake America’s $1 coins. Why isn’t the government doing more to prevent it from happening?
Culturebox
July 21 2011 10:25 AMYou Say It's Your BirthdayDoes the infamous "Happy Birthday to You" copyright hold up to scrutiny?
Culturebox
April 18 2011 6:56 AMDear Editors of the Oxford English DictionaryTime to get your shittle together.
Culturebox
Oct. 1 2010 1:33 PMYou Must Forward This Story to Five FriendsThe curious history of chain letters.
Summer Movies
July 8 2010 7:01 AMThe Silence of the SilentsA heroic wiki project to identify lost and orphaned films.
Summer Movies
July 6 2009 7:02 AMThe King of All FormulasThe incredible true story of the man who invented the Hollywood schlock machine.
Television
Feb. 6 2009 1:33 PMMust-Geek TVIs the world ready for an Asperger's sitcom?
Culturebox
Sept. 1 2008 7:05 AMMF'erWhy McCain can't stop saying "my friends."
Culturebox
Aug. 4 2008 5:51 AM"Baboons Are Simply Too Small for Leopard Bait"The 10 oddest travel guides ever published.
Culturebox
June 20 2008 4:51 PM; (Has modern life killed the semicolon?
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June 14 2007 5:32 PMHot StuffThe quest for radioactive items on eBay.
Culturebox
Nov. 21 2006 12:22 PMDead Plagiarists SocietyWill Google Book Search uncover long-buried literary crimes?
Holidays
Nov. 6 2013 5:40 AMChristmas Season Starts Earlier Every Year!Actually it’s been starting in early autumn since the Victorian era.
Culturebox
May 4 2012 11:32 AMRuffians, Pickpockets, and Jewel FencesWhat was crime-fighting actually like in Sherlock Holmes-era London?
Moneybox
March 5 2012 3:52 PMThat’s RichThe chancellor of UC-Davis is a bona fide 1-percenter. When did executive pay at public universities get so high?
Culturebox
Dec. 6 2011 11:10 AMGhost ShipIn 1872, the crew of the Mary Celeste disappeared without a trace. Her story only got weirder from there.
Culturebox
July 19 2011 3:26 PMHow To Get Ahead in Tabloid JournalismMurdoch's minions have nothing on the journalists of 1897.
Culturebox
Nov. 26 2010 7:23 AMHow To Write Like a VictorianWhat can the first how-to book for fiction still tell us?
Recycled
Aug. 30 2010 2:10 PMMust-Geek TVAn Emmy for the first sitcom character with Asperger's: The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper.
Culturebox
Dec. 30 2009 12:27 PMIn 2010, We Will Live on the MoonRemembering the giddy futurism of Omni magazine.
Culturebox
March 6 2009 6:19 PMThe New ScroogeAre there lemonade stands that devote more to charity than Amazon.com?
Culturebox
Nov. 20 2008 6:59 AMThe J. Crew Catalog Destroyed My SpiritWhy mailmen give up.
Food
Aug. 20 2008 10:21 AMI'll Have the Banana Pancake Flambé StonehengeThe creepy joy of cooking with Vincent Price.
Culturebox
July 17 2008 2:40 PMFolioed Again!Why Shakespeare is the world's worst stolen treasure.
Culturebox
March 21 2008 12:53 PMThe Book of the UndeadWhy won't phone books die?
Mixing Desk
Jan. 23 2007 12:48 PMjTunesThe insanely great songs Apple won't let you hear.
Music
Oct. 13 2006 7:33 AMRock 'n' Roll SchmuckThe legendary New York club CBGB closes upon a legacy including the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Television. And then there's me.

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