Madie Ley, a senior at Elk River High School, is a senior reporter serving on our editorial board.
A 2013 graduate of ThreeSixty’s fall NewsTeam, Madie contributed her first essay on the conflicted feelings she felt about being deeply religious to our 2013 winter issue.
Hometown: Elk River
Favorite author(s): Markus Zusak, Khaled Hosseini, J.D. Salinger, George Orwell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dennis Lehane, Davy Rothbart, Sujata Massey, Carol Rifka Brunt
Favorite musician(s): Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Wombats, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty, Two Door Cinema Club, Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, The Cure, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Twin Shadow, Polica, Norah Jones, Avett Brothers, Brother Ali, Atmosphere, M. Ward, Jeremy Messersmith, ABBA, Chvrches, Metric
Favorite movie(s): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Slumdog Millionaire, Sherlock Holmes, Frida, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Star Wars, Moulin Rouge, Rocky Horror Picture Show
Favorite places/things to do in the Twin Cities: Going to concerts at First Avenue, eating at Pizza Luce, relaxing at Gold Medal Park, seeing plays at Orpheum Theatre, shopping at Mill City Farmer’s Market, getting coffee at Spyhouse, going to the Walker Art Center
If you could interview anyone (living) who would it be? Khaled Hosseini. His books are entertaining, moving and educational all at the same time. I enjoy his writing because he brings to light hardships experienced by children growing up in the Middle East, and inspires other people to do something about it.
What do you like about writing? Writing is my go-to when I have pent-up feelings, really great ideas or fictional scenarios bouncing around in my head. I view writing as the universal way of expressing what you’re feeling, seeing, smelling and hearing, as well as organizing those thoughts. I’m not the greatest at expressing myself verbally or artistically, so writing is my liberator when I need to get something out. I mean, have you ever been judged by a piece of paper and some ink?
What issues are important to you? LGBTQ equality, environmental protection, animal abuse and homelessness.
What is your ideal future career? Writing for a newspaper in the Twin Cities or Chicago.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Istanbul, Turkey. I am really interested in the Ottoman Empire after studying it in history class, and I think touring Hagia Sophia would be extraordinary.
What are your special talents? Running, winning Apples to Apples, remembering song lyrics, laughing loudly and dancing awkwardly.
What do you do when you’re not at school or ThreeSixty? Reading, going to concerts, drinking tea, running, spending time with my friends, and working at ColdStone Creamery.
What else do you think people should know about you? I thrive off of awkward situations. Don’t be offended if you see me smiling or laughing in an uncomfortable situation, I can’t control it. It’s strange, I know.