Alexa Clay
Writer, Freelance

Alexa Clay is a writer and researcher in pursuit of misfit subcultures. She is the co-author of The Misfit Economy (2015). Her writing has appeared in Wired, The Guardian and Vice, among others.

Written by Alexa Clay

The Bray family reading bedtime stories at the Family of the Mystic Arts Commune. Photo by John Olson/LIFE Picture Collection/Getty

Essay/
Subcultures
Utopia Inc

Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success?

Alexa Clay

One of the 8,000 players of the game ‘ConQuest of Mythodea’ stands on the playing field near Brokeloh, Germany, August 2014. Photo by Peter Steffen/dpa/Corbis

Essay/
Rituals and celebrations
Great pretenders

Live-action role-play is venturing into some weighty social topics. Can make-believe really show us possible worlds?

Alexa Clay

One the set of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Photo courtesy Columbia/Sony Pictures

Essay/
Childhood and adolescence
Growing up alien

John Mack was a Harvard scientist who took extraterrestrial abduction seriously. Is he the reason I like misfits?

Alexa Clay