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Thursday, February 01, 2007


Molly Ivins 1944-2007

Witty, Feisty, Irreverent

Read about Molly Ivins' death from cancer at 62 with sadness. Yet, remembering some of her comments made me chuckle. She will be missed....not by the Bushies in Texas but she didn't give a damn about them. She didn't spare Democrats either. Her 1998 book "You Got to Dance with Them What Brung you" was about the Clinton years. This is what she wrote about the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesotta:

"And what are we, the spiritual descendants of Puritans, to make of this monument to materialism? So much stuff it makes you sick to look at it, like eating too much cotton candy. Stores that sell only stuff to put your stuff in. Sub-specialties of stuff beyond the wildest dreams of most of the world's people. Should we not disapprove? Well, yeah. On the other hand, the pyramids were built for Pharaohs on the happy theory they could take their stuff with them. Versailles was built for kings on the theory that they should live surrounded by the finest stuff. The Mall of America is built on the premise that we should all be able to afford this stuff. It may be a shallow culture, but it's by-God democratic. Sneer if you dare; this is something new in world history."

Katherine Seelye of the The NY Times, where Molly Ivins once worked as a reporter, covered the news very well. See excerpts.

January 31, 2007
Molly Ivins, Populist Texas Columnist, Dies at 62

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