The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

How Upton Sinclair Turned 'The Jungle' Into A Failed New Jersey Utopia. On Gizmodo, creator of the engrossing Paleofuture blog Matt Novak writes about investigative journalist Upton Sinclair's first big stab at a utopian community went up in flames in six months.

The four types of people most likely to murder their families. On i09, Annie Newitz covers a study published in the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice about 'family annihilators', patriarchs who kill their spouses and children, and the four categories of externalized forces that drive them to it.

The 15 Year Layover. Writing in a 2003 issue of GQ, Michael Paterniti profiles Merhan Nasseri, a former Iranian national who rejected his birthright -- papers and all -- and ended up spending 15 years of his life living in Terminal One at Charles de Gaulle Airport and providing the basis for the ostensibly much less complicated Tom Hanks movie The Terminal.

Choose Your Survival Kit for the Zombie Apocalypse. On the Chemical Heritage Foundation's blog, writer Jacob Roberts lays out a selection of which chemical reactions, chemists and chemical inventions you may want to be familiar with in case of some sort of apocalypse, say one of the zombie variety.

The Psychotronic Tourist: In the Mouth of Madness. On Fangoria's website, writer Trevor Parker takes a tour of the Toronto metropolitan area to find the locations for the 1994 film In the Mouth of Madness, the John Carpenter adaptation of the spirit of HP Lovecraft.

Update: Fear of Death. Writing in the journal The Oncologist, Richard T Penson, et al interview a swath of healthcare workers about their experiences with dying patients who experienced fear at the end of life and how, or if, the workers were able to manage and learn from it.

Wild West CSI: The 1896 murder that is finally solved after amateur sleuth found bullet fired more than 100 YEARS ago. The Daily Mail's Alex Greig reports on a double murder that took place in Idaho in 1896 that was recently put to rest when an amateur historian combed the site for clues and found one 177 years after the crime took place.