Alex Mar

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Blood Ties

On claiming the conquistador Juan Ponce de León as an ancestor and the fictions we tell ourselves.

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Satan in Poughkeepsie

In 1966, Anton LaVey introduced the world to the Church of Satan. The 1980s saw a “Satanic Panic” in the form of abuse charges brought against child-care workers and suburban parents. Today, the author joins a group of Satanists for afternoon tea at the church’s global headquarters in a “bland New York college town.”

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Excarnation in Texas

Meet the people decomposing on a body farm.

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The Secret Life of Nuns

What prompts a woman to exit society and marry God? Inside a modern convent in Texas.