I Want To Be Like Her

In Writers on February 2, 2009 at 9:04 am

I wish I had the outlook, attitude and ability to express myself like Molly Ivins did. For a look at what she was like,  read this post,  “What Would Molly Think?” in the Huffington Post. (January 31, 2009.) Molly Ivins pulled no punches, and she was funny, too. She used to urge people to “raise more hell,” which reminds me of another hero of mine, Mother (Mary Harris) Jones (1837?-1930). Mother Jones used to say, “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” My sentiments exactly.

Molly Ivins died in 2007 at the age of 62 from breast cancer. She had been a columnist for  “The Dallas Times-Herald,” “Mother Jones,” and “The Progressive” and wrote about politics, human folly, speaking Texan, George Bush and other “pseudo-Texans,” the Democratic party, and other aspects of life in Texas. Her books include: Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She? (1992), Bushwacked: Life In George W. Bush’s America (2004), and Who Let The Dogs In?: Incredible Political Animals I Have Known (2005). (Her titles alone are priceless!)

Another of my favorite authors, Anne Lamott, had this to say about Ivins. Read it and enjoy, both Lamott’s writing and the inside view of Ivins.


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