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.

Nov. 6 2013 5:40 AMChristmas Season Starts Earlier Every Year!Actually it’s been starting in early autumn since the Victorian era.
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.
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?
July 21 2011 10:25 AMYou Say It's Your BirthdayDoes the infamous "Happy Birthday to You" copyright hold up to scrutiny?
April 18 2011 6:56 AMDear Editors of the Oxford English DictionaryTime to get your shittle together.
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.
Feb. 6 2009 1:33 PMMust-Geek TVIs the world ready for an Asperger's sitcom?
Sept. 1 2008 7:05 AMMF'erWhy McCain can't stop saying "my friends."
Aug. 4 2008 5:51 AM"Baboons Are Simply Too Small for Leopard Bait"The 10 oddest travel guides ever published.
June 20 2008 4:51 PM; (Has modern life killed the semicolon?
June 14 2007 5:32 PMHot StuffThe quest for radioactive items on eBay.
Nov. 21 2006 12:22 PMDead Plagiarists SocietyWill Google Book Search uncover long-buried literary crimes?
Dec. 13 2012 5:28 AMThe Original War on ChristmasThe short, glorious history of the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving.
May 4 2012 11:32 AMRuffians, Pickpockets, and Jewel FencesWhat was crime-fighting actually like in Sherlock Holmes-era London?
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?
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.
July 19 2011 3:26 PMHow To Get Ahead in Tabloid JournalismMurdoch's minions have nothing on the journalists of 1897.
Nov. 26 2010 7:23 AMHow To Write Like a VictorianWhat can the first how-to book for fiction still tell us?
Aug. 30 2010 2:10 PMMust-Geek TVAn Emmy for the first sitcom character with Asperger's: The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper.
Dec. 30 2009 12:27 PMIn 2010, We Will Live on the MoonRemembering the giddy futurism of Omni magazine.
March 6 2009 6:19 PMThe New ScroogeAre there lemonade stands that devote more to charity than
Nov. 20 2008 6:59 AMThe J. Crew Catalog Destroyed My SpiritWhy mailmen give up.
Aug. 20 2008 10:21 AMI'll Have the Banana Pancake Flambé StonehengeThe creepy joy of cooking with Vincent Price.
July 17 2008 2:40 PMFolioed Again!Why Shakespeare is the world's worst stolen treasure.
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.
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.




Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Oct. 2 2014 8:07 AM The Dark Side of Techtopia
Oct. 2 2014 8:27 AM How Do Teachers Kill the Joy of Reading for Students?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Oct. 2 2014 9:08 AM Demons Are Real A horror movie goes behind the scenes on an Intervention-like reality show.
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 2 2014 7:30 AM What Put the Man in the Moon in the Moon?
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?