Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Molly Ivins, R. I. P.

One of my favorite Texans is gone.

Molly Ivins Tribute by Molly Ivins on - A Syndicate Of Talent: "Goodbye, Molly I.

Molly Ivins is gone, and her words will never grace these pages again -- for this, we will mourn. But Molly wasn't the type of woman who would want us to grieve. More likely, she'd say something like, 'Hang in there, keep fightin' for freedom, raise more hell, and don't forget to laugh, too.'

If there was one thing Molly wanted us to understand, it's that the world of politics is absurd. Since we can't cry, we might as well laugh. And in case we ever forgot, Molly would remind us, several times a week, in her own unique style.

Shortly after becoming editor of Molly Ivins' syndicated column, I learned one of my most important jobs was to tell her newspaper clients that, yes, Molly meant to write it that way. We called her linguistic peculiarities 'Molly-isms.' Administration officials were 'Bushies,' government was in fact spelled 'guvment,' business was 'bidness.' And if someone was 'madder than a peach orchard boar,' well, he was quite mad indeed."


Anonymous said...

Damn and damn again. A voice that will be missed.


Anonymous said...

Amen. Her books on Bush and Texas politics are classics.

Crap on a stick.