My Dad Grew Up in a Cult. Now He’s a Famous Scientist.

The story of how he wound up in a dangerous compound—and how he escaped

Two vintage photographs of my dad and his sisters
My dad and his sisters, in the 1960s and 1980s, just before and after Synanon.
vintage Synanon poster
vintage Synanon poster

Like all toxic authorities, destructive cults tend to have at least a grain of positivity to offer, or else no one would join or stay.

Synanon members with shaved heads
Synanon members with shaved heads
Newspaper article: Synanon rattlesnake crime
Newspaper article: Synanon rattlesnake crime

To some degree, we’re all playing The Game.

‘Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism,‘ (Harper Wave, June 2021)

Los Angeles writer / Author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism & Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language https://tinyurl.com/34886sec

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