Chris Noble

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Marx Was Right: Five Surprising Ways Karl Marx Predicted 2014

There's a lot of talk of Karl Marx in the air these days – from Rush Limbaugh accusing Pope Francis of promoting "pure Marxism" to a <i>Washington Times</i> …

Solving the Mystery of the Plague That Decimated Ancient Athens

In 430 BC, during the Peloponnesian War, a plague ripped through Athens. We now know it was caused by typhoid fever. You’d think, when we’ve known …

Shattered Glass

At 25, Stephen Glass was the most sought-after young reporter in the nation’s capital, producing knockout articles for magazines ranging from The New Republic to Rolling Stone. Trouble was, he made things up—sources, quotes, whole stories—in a breathtaking web of deception that emerged as the most …

Hell On the Soul

It's often said that action films are only as good as their villains. I'd say this rule does have its exceptions, but broadly speaking yes, if your …

The Allure of the Map

For years, I carried the same map wherever I went. When I wasn’t travelling, Scotch tape held it to the back of my bedroom door: it was visible to me when the door was closed, but invisible to almost everyone else. That map moved from dorm rooms to apartments and houses, from the Eastern Shore of …

Who Killed the Jeff Davis 8?

An investigation into a real-life True Detective case<p><b>On May 20, 2005,</b> Jerry Jackson, a slim, gentle-voiced African-American retiree, prepared to cast …

Crime