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The Palmer Hotel
A series of spooky short stories set over a century in a downtown hotel.
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A neo-noir set in Oakland circa 2013.
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.
The 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people was a civic tragedy decades in the making.
The New York Times
A profile of the constantly expanding club for those who have gone through a uniquely American experience.
The New York Times
Anti-fascist activists believe in dressing for the job they
want. Right now, many think, that job is punching Nazis.
The thing margins of the IRL storytelling society.
Since the dawn of the internet, online platforms have allowed clients to take advantage of sex workers. Now, they’re fighting back.
Jeff Hull’s Latitude Society explores the possibilities of art, intimacy, experience, and membership.
Five days after I published the above piece, the project shut down. Here's what happened.
A tour of the internet’s haunted auction house and examining those who drive these spooky marketplace.
A deep dive into the virtual online art scene incubator that ended up being hugely inspirational to the world's comedy scene.
SB Nation Longform
A trip to the world of bat doctoring, the dark side of amateur softball.
Catching up with a handful of former MLB players who got to played in only one game before their careers ended.
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.
Right in front of your eyes, but going generally unnoticed, is the secret code that tells you what's right under your feet.
Running around to try to find the alt-right in the Bay.
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.
Excavating the mystery of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple with the husband-and-wife team who spent their lives building the archive.
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.
Two competing ballot measures propose a fix to California's broken, costly death penalty procedure, in two very different ways.
How a series of possibly collected murders 128 years ago lead to a never-ending content mill.
The history of why we don't talk about our salaries, and why it hurts us.
What a Berkeley filmmaker found when he took a little league team from West Oakland to Cuba.
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.
Barring another reprieve in court, the Bay Area's relatively uncontroversial Here/There community could be vacant in a matter of days.
Something’s about to burst, and it might just be society itself.
San Francisco Chronicle
A profile of the Bay Area's Osha Neumann.
The platform built for neighborhood news often scapegoats the most disadvantaged communities.
Essays & Ephemera
These mostly don't have a unifying theme or concept, which in itself, I suppose, is unifying.
I went to this, and it was weird and sad.
Somewhat behind-the-scenes of a strange part-public-art installation, part scavenger hunt, part multimedia experiment, part narrative story experience.
The experience comes to an end, and not everyone is satisfied.
ESPN Page 2
On Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" becoming a sports arena anthem.
ESPN Page 2
A profile of Stew Thornley, who has been to the gravesite of every MLB Hall of Famer. (The dead ones, at least.)
Why Allen Carr's The Easy Way To Quit Smoking book is still effective.
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.
To others, glasses can make you look cool or like a dork, but they can also change your self-perception.
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.
Which is scarier: an all-powerful deity or your mom?
Getting a better sense of how people visualize their neighborhoods could be the first step toward improving them.
The Morning News
Some people require the Heimlich Maneuver a bit more than the rest of us. A report on the four times—so far—that the author has relied on the assistance of others.
BuzzFeed, YouTube, and (former) Gawker stars all describe a similar psychological rush, but riding the viral wave comes with dangers too.
Simply a pair of eyes can change how you act.
The Morning News
How nostalgia works and why social media may destroy it altogether, or restore it to its original purpose.
Trying to get to the bottom of why the best quarterback in Chicago Bears history is also the most hated.
A look at the Division Street tent city that was jammed up more than usual due to Super Bowl tourists coming to town.
A look at the portentous relevance of PropertySex.com
A compilation of tales of how people found their way to their first cigarettes.
What's going on when fans call for the coach's head.
The Daily Dot
There are lessons to be learned from the dusty webpages of Demand Studios
Navigating the murky geographical borders of sports fandom.
Who is really watching those internet trade rumors, and what's the hidden messages they're looking for.
What's going on with crowd stampedes at LAX, JFK, and other public places.
The woman's recorded voice has been heard all over South America, and maybe even farther.
The long road of the most important press release in sports.
Interviewing my parents about that time they took away my Nine Inch Nails album.
That time I was an extra in Lynch's Inland Empire, an under-appreciated classic.
Kind of self-explanatory.
A socialist reading of the heavily anti-capitalist zombie movie, George A. Romero's "Land of the Dead."
The struggle for labor activists and organizers is to convince a skeptical public of that fact.
How the rise of map apps and ride-shares have wrought havoc on city infrastructure.
'Moneyball' taught fans to root like a boss instead of basking in the thrill of the game.
New York's Select/All
Why the obsolescence of our smart homes will kill us all.
Columbia Journalism Review
The importance of broadcast news paying attention to their archives.
Employees at Google and elsewhere are protesting their bosses’ business decisions. Will that evolve into a more sustained labor movement?
Chances are everything you think you know about fare evasion is wrong.
Sometimes I write about history. Here's where that's located!
Six-feet-tall and pure nightmare, she was once one of America's most popular funhouse amusements.
The story of how those bubble jets came to tickle the rumps of millionaires and layfolks alike.
How the creators of the horror movie sensation tricked the early internet world.
The story of the beefed-up wrestlers who ripped Bibles and ran through ice for Christ.
How one trans woman helped excavate the rebellion that came before the one that everyone remembers.
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 noir novel I wrote set in the housing crisis of Oakland, circa 2013-2014. I self-published it in paperback form, and includes art from Oakland and Bay Area artists. It can be purchased at oaktownnoir.com.
A future splintered section of America celebrates its history with a war reenactment.
A horror short story anthology I created, edit, and occasionally update. My own story on the website takes place in Room 1916. The first part is titled "Open Windows" and the second part is "The Law of Refraction."
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.