When I hear the word “witches” I think of Salem, black cats and broomsticks. But according to our guest this week, Alex Mar, the real life world of witches couldn’t be farther from those storybook images. Her gripping book, Witches of America, explores not only modern-day, nature-worshipping witchcraft, but Alex’s own journey into occultism. It’s a serious look at something most, or I at least, sometimes think of as being fantastical, but it’s as viable belief system as any. Alex opened my eyes to a entire community and its many variations that I wasn’t even aware existed. Take a listen and read the book – I think you’ll find a surprising amount of ideology that you could get behind too!
We mention a fascinating piece Alex wrote for Nerve.com called A Surprising Weekend Inside the Touchy-Feely World of Polyamory. Make sure to check it out!
Alex Mar is a writer based in her hometown of New York City. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, Epic, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Atlas Obscura, The Oxford American (where she is a contributing editor), and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. Formerly an editor at Rolling Stone, she has been a guest correspondent for CBS, ABC, National Public Radio, and the BBC, as well as a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She is also the director of the feature-length documentary American Mystic, currently streaming on Amazon. Her first book is WITCHES OF AMERICA by Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux.