About This Lady: Madelaine Walker

Madelaine Walker
Madelaine Walker

What’s your weirdest, useless skill?

I’m pretty good at picking things up with my toes.

What was your favorite BuzzFeed list in the last 3 months?

I’m not a giant BuzzFeed fan, but this gif compilation made me laugh really hard: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/feminist-killjoy#.cj4ZBr0ME

What is your go-to mid-night snack/comfort food?

Hash browns or Mac and Cheese. Anything involving pasta, potatoes, and/or cheese, really.

What was your favorite book as a tween?

The Uglies/Pretties/Specials series by Scott Westerfield. Side note: I’m just now realizing that there’s a fourth book and I’m definitely going to have to read it.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Probably Adam Scott or Natalie Dormer

What was your best Netflix binge?

It’s a tie between The West Wing and Battlestar Galactica

What is your biggest irrational (or rational) fear?

Unknowingly sleep-farting in a public place.

What was your favorite course in school?

I loved learning Latin. I was really horrible at it but translations always felt like puzzles and I got to learn tons of weird history and awesome etymology.

Other than that, I I took a class called Race, Class, and Power which made my brain explode in a lot of important and necessary ways.

I also loved the crap out of the archaeology field school I attended at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.

Tell us something you’re looking forward to in the next year?

I’m looking forward to learning a lot, getting to know myself better, and figuring out a general direction to move in as far as life/future things go.

When was a time you felt most complete?

I’m actually pretty happy with where I’m at right now, but the last time I remember having a really self-aware complete feeling moment was definitely in Tanzania.  I was in an old land-rover heading back to camp from working at a site with my professor, students from the University of Dar es salaam, and a few Maasai people. The landscape was incredible and I loved what I was doing and the people I was with and I felt like I had everything I could ever want.

What was the last book you read? What did you think of it?

I just finished Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity edited by Mattilda AKA Matt Bernstein Sycamore. I really liked it, I’m trying to read a lot of first-hand accounts of life experiences that I’ll never have and as a sort of anthology it seemed like a good place to start.