Rick Paulas

Rick Paulas is a writer based in Oakland.

A photograph of the abandoned wooden buildings in a Western ghost town.

What It’s Like to Live in a California Ghost Town

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 Hidden Signals in Corporate Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies

The ritual can reveal much more about government-business relations than you’d think, according to a new analysis.