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.
Childhood and adolescence
Growing up alien
John Mack was a Harvard scientist who took extraterrestrial abduction seriously. Is he the reason I like misfits?
Rituals and celebrations
Live-action role-play is venturing into some weighty social topics. Can make-believe really show us possible worlds?
Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success?