Ms. Behavior

Two live shows a day, writing a weighty poli-sci book—what does Rachel Maddow do to relax?

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American Born Chinese

After show meal du jour? “Shrimp tacos and Guinness—I’ve found a bar with a clean line.”

Favorite graphic novel? “I like American Born Chinese and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. But Queen & Country is my one true love; if graphic novels were in an orphanage and the orphanage were on fire, I’d rush in and save Queen & Country.”

Fun Home

To be paired with? “There’s a great drink called a purgatory, and Queen & Country is all about emotional and bureaucratic purgatory. It’s 100-proof rye, Benedictine, and Chartreuse. It’s a kick in the teeth.”

Overrated drink? “I don’t drink vodka. I think it’s for people who don’t like alcohol, in which case, you probably shouldn’t be drinking it. I also don’t drink any flavored spirits. I realize there is a move among ambitious cocktail people to infuse their own spirits, but I just can’t be bothered. I feel like if the ingredient existed in 1895, I’m interested in it. If not, I’m probably not interested in it.”

Queen and Country

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