Wiki Wormhole: Read the lurid history of pulp magazines

With more than 4.6 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or trying to figure out what’s in Jules Winnfield’s briefcase. But follow enough links, and you get sucked into some seriously strange places. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,700,639-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Pulp magazines

What it’s about: In the first half of the 20th century, fiction magazines were popular, and were typically printed on cheap paper made from wood pulp (as opposed to the glossy, high-quality paper used in traditional magazines). “Pulp” became shorthand for an often lurid and lowbrow style of writing that could include all manner of genre fiction—romance, mystery, horror, sci-fi, Westerns, and even softcore porn were all pulp mainstays.

Strangest fact: The pulps were put out of business …

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