MAD­DOW MAT­TERS

Count­ing the rea­sons we wor­ship wonky Rachel.

GA Voice - - Front Page - BY DYANA BAGBY

Rachel Mad­dow, who makes les­bians across the na­tion swoon, is coming to At­lanta to pro­mote and read from her book “Drift: The Un­moor­ing of Amer­i­can Mil­i­tary Power,” now out in pa­per­back. Praise the god­dess of wonky wor­ship. The po­lit­i­cal pun­dit who has her own show on MSNBC — the first openly gay per­son to have a prime-time news pro­gram — has reached in and put a string of lights around our hearts. (Good les­bians who have seen “Desert Hearts” should know this ref­er­ence.)

Who else can ex­plain the ins and outs of the se­quester in a way that makes us cock our heads to one side and lean for­ward to lis­ten (and per­haps stare at that sexy mole on her neck)?

But be­fore Mad­dow, who be­grudg­ingly wears makeup on the air, be­came a renowned TV per­son­al­ity known for her brains and goofy grin, she was a ra­dio host for Air Amer­ica. And be­fore that she was a Rhodes Scholar who was ac­tu­ally just mak­ing her way through life do­ing odd jobs (in­clud­ing yard work) be­fore try­ing out for a ra­dio gig in Holyoke, Mass.— and win­ning.

The rest, they say, is his­tory in the mak­ing.

She ded­i­cates her book “Drift” to former Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney. “Oh, please let me in­ter­view you,” she writes in the ded­i­ca­tion.

She was de­scribed as a “rad­i­cal les­bian ac­tivist” in a Stan­ford news re­lease an­nounc­ing she had won the Rhodes schol­ar­ship when she grad­u­ated from Stan­ford in 1994.

She wrote a song with folk singer Erin McKe­own ti­tled “Bagh­dad to the Bayou” via text mes­sage.

She con­ducted an ”Ask Me Any­thing!” on Red­dit on March 8. Many users got pissy be­cause they said she only an­swered light-hearted ones. And some of them called her the left-wing’s an­swer to Sean Han­nity. Mad­dow is not a douche like Han­nity.

Her March 10 South by South­west read­ing was dubbed “Mad­dow-palooza” by the Austin Chron­i­cle, which also cooed about how large her hands are. Ahem.

As a renowned mixol­o­gist, she’s of­ten asked about booze and has an en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge of all things al­co­hol. Here’s the recipe for one of her fa­vorite drinks:

AN OLD FASH­IONED OLD FASH­ION

Put a small­ish sugar cube in a glass with Add 3 dashes of An­gos­tura bit­ters to soak the sugar cube Add a LIT­TLE BIT of club soda (about 1 tea­spoon) and much to­gether Mush this to­gether with a fancy pounder im­ple­ment Then pour into the glass 2 ounces of bonded rye (bonded means 100 proof!) Add a lit­tle bit of ice And then a lemon peel, sliced really thin and small Squeeze the juice from the peel into the drink and then take the peel and rub it around the rim of the glass and drop the peel into the drink. Cheers!

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