writer Mark Laxer

Mark Laxer’s quest to understand the bigger world landed him in the inner circle of a brilliant, charismatic guru gone mad. This culminated in a $30 million lawsuit and the publication of Take Me For A Ride: Coming of Age in a Destructive Cult (1993). Laxer continued the quest by writing The Monkey Bible (2010) which–with Eric Maring’s companion rock opera The Line–asks science, religion and mythology what it means to be human.

illustrator Marcie Vallette

Interests in art, healing, teaching, meditation, and power dynamics has led Vallette to cartooning and graphic novels as a form of expression. she has BFA, M Ed, and LPN degrees. She lives and works in Vermont, where she exhibits her art, teaches art to adults, and works as a nurse.