Monday, February 05, 2007

Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins, an American journalist whose articles I always read with great pleasure even when the topics were depressing, has passed away. She had a powerful pen and a big heart that shone right through the words.

... Boy, will we miss Molly Ivins, the writer and happy agitator who succumbed Wednesday [Jan 31, 2007] to cancer -- a disease, she said, not sparing herself from her own lashing wit, that "can kill you, but it doesn't make you a better person." Yes, we will remember her for being raucously funny, always at the expense of the wealthy, the powerful or the Texas Legislature.

But because she made you laugh and broke all the rules of polite commentary ... Molly made you forget how deadly serious she was about politics, democracy and social justice. ...

[Molly Ivins:] "Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce."

An archive of articles she wrote between April 2000 and January 2007 can be found here.

Her memorial site is here.

We will miss you Molly. Rest in peace.