Incredible (and hysterical) Daily Maverick journalist and author of Self-helpless: A Cynic’s Search for Sanity,
Rebecca Davis answers 22 Questions for Maverick Insiders
My wife would probably tell you that my entire personality is just a patchwork quilt of annoying habits, but to pick just one: I have the table manners of a feral child.
With the deranged pitter-patter of my toddler son’s feet approaching the bed, accompanied by a lie about why he has to be awake at dawn. Today it was: “Mama, I so very sick.” He is in peak health.
Kerala, God’s own country.
Tim Cohen’s After The Bell newsletter. Every week.
Anything with numbers, because then I could be rich, and also report on election results with greater accuracy.
“She’s Got Becky Davis Eyes”
(This is a joke. If you call me Becky in real life, I will stab you.)
About a decade ago I bought a brand-new scooter. It was massive, like the Harley Davidson of scooters, and deeply frightening. It was so heavy I couldn’t even pick it up. I had it delivered from the showroom to my home. For seven years I tried to build up the courage to ride it, because I wanted to be the kind of person who rides a scooter the size of an army tank. Whenever I moved flat, I would ask the delivery guys to take the scooter in the truck. It moved with me all over Cape Town, slowly rusting. By the time I sold it, for less than half of what I bought it for, I had still never ridden it. Not once.
Jo from Little Women.
Bose noise-cancelling headphones. They were so expensive that I shudder to recall, but honestly worth every cent.
My cat, Samuel L Catson. He and I already have closely matching hobbies and interests – revolving largely around finding patches of sun to sleep in – but he doesn’t have to work, so he wins.
Nerdy, nerdier, nerdiest.
Haji Mohamed Dawjee.
A podcast about the German illusionists Siegfried and Roy.
A scooter; yes; be careful what you wish for.
Princess Charlene of Monaco. We all know something is not right there.
Foam, treacle, trudge, crisp…
Outliving all the people I love best. Also, tsunamis.
Do I have loads of money in this scenario? If so, I will travel the world and make TikToks. First, I will pay a Gen Z to teach me to make TikToks.
I genuinely can’t decide between Floyd Shivambu and John Steenhuisen.
What’s your PIN number?
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