Kaya Oakes on BRC and Friends with Bruce Reyes-ChowBRC and Friends is a 30-minute Google Hangout where I chat with friends and adventurers from around the interwebs. Each episode includes conversations about one of my guests passions, projects or area of expertise, a current events or two and we end with five random questions. This is basically an excuse for me to talk with interesting people about interesting things.

Today on BRC and Friends, I spoke with Kaya Oakes. Enjoy.

September 17, 2014
1:00-noon PDT

Recap and more info about Kaya Oakes is below.

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Kaya Oakes on BRC and Friends with Bruce Reyes-Chow

Kaya Oakes is the author of Radical Reinvention: And Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church (Counterpoint Press, 2012), Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture (Henry Holt, 2009), and a poetry collection, Telegraph (Pavement Saw, 2007). Her fourth book, about faith, doubt, and non-believers, is forthcoming from Orbis Books in 2015.

She is a contributing writer and editor at the website Killing the Buddha, and her writing about faith and feminism regularly appears in many magazines. She teaches writing at UC Berkeley.

From her wikipedia entry, “In 2002, she co-founded Kitchen Sink Magazine, which received the Utne Independent Press Award for Best New Magazine in 2003. Oakes edited and wrote for Kitchen Sink until it ended its print run in 2007. She has been the recipient of teaching fellowships from the Mellon Faculty Institute and the Bay Area Writing Project, as well as a writing prize from the Academy of American Poets. Oakes has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in nonfiction.

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Episode Recap: Kaya Oakes


Segment 1:

Segment 2: We talk about music, Kaya’s background in music, her guilt pleasure, John Mellancamp and her Bay Area and Oakland music favorites En Vogue, 2 Short and Journey. And everyone should listen to Bach.

Segment 3:

Q1: Soundtrack for most of your days: Life is . . . Too $hort by Too Short
Q2: One smell that reminds you of your childhood: Dirt
Q3: Something your friends would say you might be a little obsessed about: Anything BBC
Q4: Who will  be cast as Kaya Oakes in the upcoming film about your life: Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Walken or Winona Ryder
Q5: Paying it forward, one organization that more people should know about: Night on the Streets Catholic Worker


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