Native Californian (and Catholic writer) Kaya Oakes stopped by our offices a few weeks ago.

She spoke with associate editor Matt Sitman about what it’s like to live, think, and write from her perch at the other end of the country. Noting the utopian thrust of California culture, Oakes explains how religion and spirituality continue to lurk beneath the surface of her state’s supposedly laid-back, secular ethos.

Plus, Dominic talks with managing editor Kate Lucky about her new feature on the last living Shakers, now online (and forthcoming in the December issue).

Californians don’t pay all that much attention to the institutional church. And yet they’re deeply spiritual.—Kaya Oakes

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