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How a Harvard grad joined a cult, learned its mating rituals, endured exile, and – finally – mated in the wild.
How a Harvard grad joined a cult, learned its mating rituals, endured exile, and – finally – mated in the wild.
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    Plus: You and I will pay a visit to a group you’re curious about. Maybe it’s a cult, maybe it isn't. (Cultishness, I’ve found, is really a continuum.) You find the group fascinating, but you’d prefer to go with a guide, an interpreter, with experience spotting signs and patterns. Together, we'll explore, learn more. (Note: This would be a day trip only, to a location in the contiguous 48 States within a reasonable distance of public transportation.)

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