Some are long, some are not as long.
“It has been—often all at once—a landfill, an encampment, a community, an art installation, a museum, a music venue, a playhouse, a racetrack, and a dog park”
To be an off-season caretaker of Bodie, California (winter population: 5), you need a high tolerance for cold, solitude, and two-hour grocery runs.
For nearly two decades, Monkey Brains has slowly built up a an alternative to getting reamed by mega-monopolies that usually control access to the Internet.
How one man used the guts of a 1960s telephone to invent a ball that beeps and gave the visually impaired a way to play America's pastime.
John Sears, who’s spent years walking California like a roaming preacher with three mules in tow, spreading his unique gospel of environmental conservation.
Nearly four decades ago, the Zodiac Killer terrorized the Bay Area, taunting newspaper readers with coded clues to his identity. Online code-breakers are still battling his final puzzle.
Residents of Santa Rosa's Coffey Park neighborhood, leveled by last month's wildfire, would like things to be just like they used to—skeptics be damned.
Essays & Ephemera
These mostly don't have a unifying theme or concept, which in itself, I suppose, is unifying.
Somewhat behind-the-scenes of a strange part-public-art installation, part scavenger hunt, part multimedia experiment, part narrative story experience.
A person named "John Titor" started posting on the Internet one day, claiming to be from the future and predicting the end of the world. Then he suddenly disappeared, never to be heard from again.
Exploding movie theaters, things being dumped into the Pacific, byzantine corporate bureaucracy—all part of Eddie Muller's efforts to preserve the film noir era.
Selective disposal of digital artifacts is the best way to deal with the aftermath, but you might need your friends and an algorithm to help get you there.
Sometimes I write about history. Here's where that's located!
The story of America's first supermodel, who posed for dozens of statues that still grace New York and San Francisco, and spent the last 64 years of her life in a mental hospital.
I've made up stories before, basically, out of nowhere. Here are a few.
A future splintered section of America celebrates its history with a war reenactment.
Only the truly trained can accurately describe how despair sounds without a noise filter. A sound technician finishes his horror movie script.
Interviews with Interesting Folks
I've spoken to all sorts with interesting careers and/or pursuits. Here are a few.
The guy edited the footage that led to Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam documentary.
"The Fingers Behind the Tweets of Your Favorite Brands Brands Brands Brands" over at The Awl.
An interview over at The Awl.
An interview with the man behind zodiackiller.com about people who claim to know who The Zodiac Killer was.
The guy behind Eagleheart, the various Brett Gelman-starring Dinner With... shows, and the Mr. Show reboot/reimagining/re-whatever.
The writer behind such pro-Palestinian reports Goliath and The 51-Day War about what it's like to be demonized by an entire people for VICE.
An interview with the writer behind Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found for VICE.
The astronomer behind the book Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It? for VICE.
An interview with the genius behind the Kickstarter campaign to produce a television sequel of Breaking Bad starring Val Kilmer and Slash, for VICE.
The guy who wrote the fake science movie script that was used in the project that was utilized in the "Argo" project, made popular by the Ben Affleck film of the same name.
The folks who believed the world was going to end, for VICE.
One of my first assignments, for Wired, interviewing an actor who's super, super intimidating.
His name is Antony Hodgkinson, and he danced on stage during Nirvana's "Live at Reading" show.
The man responsible for the iconic film "Hackers," 20 years after its release, for VICE Motherboard.
Rick Paulas has written many things, some serious, plenty not, for plenty of places. They include the New York Times, The Awl, VICE, McSweeney's, Wired, Curbed, New York, Longreads, The Atlantic, and frankly, any place that pays.
He tweets here and blogs here. He currently lives in Brooklyn, but who knows for how long.