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20 Questions with Cate Babette

Get a sneak peek into the life of Daily Maverick intern as she answers 20 questions for Maverick Insiders

Self-Respect: Its Source, Its Power by Joan Didion. 

Of all time, Winnie The Pooh. Don’t have a recent favourite but I am currently enjoying a Leonard Cohen biography. Even though I find Cohen himself a bit self-indulgent at times, the author’s prose is gorgeous. 

Of all time, Stand By Me. Recently, the Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse series. This is how you do animated movies. 

Of all time, probably Fleabag. Recently, my roommates and I have started watching The Bear. So far, so good. 

My friends Sonja and Sofia – doctor and biologist respectively, and the perfect people to laugh with. Plus my dad with whom I would philosophise unnecessarily (or, I suspect, necessarily in apocalypse-era). All of these people are also unforgivably good at everything they do. 

Speaking in front of 2+ people at any given moment. 

I have recently bought a DriBuddi. My house is permanently arctic temperatures and doing the laundry is a grave task, so I imagine this will be quite revolutionary for me. 

With an aggressively sugary tea and a case of brain fog. 

Throw caution to the wind. Should be noted: I have never once thrown caution to the wind but I appreciate the sentiment. 

If I could know everything about everything all at once, that would be class. 

I typically gravitate towards music and artists that prioritise song-writing. Fade Into You by Mazzy Star is one song I always, always return to. I also listen to film scores religiously. 

Very, very sus. I resent its erosion of artistic and creative integrity. 

B.L.T. Classics are classics. 

Clarence Clemons. Enviable lung capacity, guys. 

Waitressing. Traumatised. 

Inspiring views. Perfect for daydreaming. 

American Pie by Don Mclean.

For my 21st, I went as a 1980’s prom queen. Frills, big hair, blue eyeshadow and lipstick the most nauseating shade of pink – did the whole shebang. 

Tracking the delivery status of my DriBuddi. And white toast with butter, I fear. 


Cate Babette