Paul Collins

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Q&A: Milk'n'Cookies' Justin Strauss On The Band's History, The Powerpop Revival, And This Weekend's Reunion Show

    The collector-scum world can get disturbingly insular, curtains-drawn creepy, and far removed from, you know, fun. Which is why Jeremy Thompson's label Sing Sing Records and his brand-new book, Wired UP! Glam, Proto Punk and Bubblegum European Picture Sleeves 1970 - 1976, are a welcome blast of Pop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Studies in Crap: Beloved real American George Leonard Herter explains How to Live With a Bitch

    Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. ​ How to Live With a Bitch Author: Legendary coot George Leonard Herter Date: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    New York Bands Playing SXSW

    photo from SXSW 2006 by me There was this adorable moment last year on the last night of South by Southwest, when proud Williamsburgers Matt & Kim were playing the backyard rattletrap-gazebo of the amazingly rad dive Ms. Bea's. Matt was standing up on his stool, looking out at the hundreds of drunk ... More >>

  • Books

    June 6, 2006

    The Great Escape

    VLS Beach Reads: Relax with a pre-Scientology L. Ron Hubbard, other people's notebooks, and a carnivorous plant

  • Books

    May 16, 2006

    Chain Reaction

    Do bookstores have a future?

  • Art

    April 4, 2006

    Monster Mash

    Uncovering a secret history of stuttering research

  • Books

    January 17, 2006

    The Voltaic Yoo-Hoo Acid Test

    A half-forgotten mystery writer's cranium-busting novel tantalizes and antagonizes

  • Books

    November 15, 2005
  • VLS

    November 1, 2005

    Ad Infinitum

    Lost anvils, fallen women, misplaced prosthetics, and other old classifieds

  • Books

    September 20, 2005

    Their Back Pages

    Also by this Author: Remember when Martin Amis was writing about Space Invaders?

  • NYC Life

    September 6, 2005

    Mark Your Calendar

    We narrowed your choices down to the very best of the season so you're not overwhelmed

  • NYC Life

    August 16, 2005

    Tee Season

    You cool kids are all wearing those zany slogan T-shirts? How quaint.

  • News

    May 10, 2005

    Polar Eclipse

    Hey, remember when climate change was a swell idea? Coconuts were in the offing.

  • News

    August 31, 2004

    Decline and Fall and Fall and Fall

    In our minds and in our cars: Technology killed the 'literary' reader—again

  • News

    August 31, 2004

    The Honor Roll

    Doormen in blue: The guest list at Pier 57

  • Art

    July 27, 2004

    Cavity Creeps

    Academics discover why horse skulls, bottles of urine, and other oddities keep turning up behind the walls of British homes

  • Specials

    July 20, 2004
  • News

    June 29, 2004

    This Genteel Racket

    Can't sell your book? Maybe your agent hasn't even read it—and never will

  • Art

    January 6, 2004

    Spanking the Monkey

    The Strangest Children's Book of the 19th Century Teaches You the Facts of Life—Complete With Singing Vagina

  • News

    December 16, 2003

    The A-Bomb Kid

    Don't try this at home: The end of the world as we know it is just a term paper away

  • Books

    May 13, 2003

    Human Remainders

    Bibliophile Paul Collins Pumps Up the Volumes

  • Art

    August 6, 2002

    Slips of the Tongue

    ••• English as a Really Foreign Language