We’ve lost one of the great journalists of our time: Molly Ivins.
She died after her third round of treatment for breast cancer.
The photo above is from The Nation, one of our premier
John Nichols pays tribute to the warmest-hearted populist ever to pick
up a pen: Molly Ivins, who died Wednesday at the age of sixty-two. If
anyone picked a fight with the powerful, she was there, writing with
passion, humor and unbridled joy…
The photo above is from the Houston Chronicle.
AUSTIN, Texas — Best-selling author and columnist Molly
Ivins, the sharp-witted liberal who skewered the political
establishment and referred to President Bush as “Shrub,” died Wednesday
after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 62.
Ivins died at her home while in hospice care, said David Pasztor,
managing editor of the Texas Observer, where Ivins had once been
The quote I like best is the one from Truthout:
Syndicated political columnist Molly Ivins died of breast cancer
Wednesday evening at her home in Austin. Molly’s enduring message is “Raise
People die all the time. Certainly, as a physician, I’ve
become somewhat inured to the whole concept. For various
reasons, though, I cannot brush this one off. I find myself
thinking, back to childhood, of how my father used to play albums from Woody Guthrie and
Pete Seeger. When I was small, I thought it was just ordinary
American folk music. It was many years later that I realized
I’d been exposed to some serious protest themes.
I wonder if that could have anything to do with this blog…
Molly Ivins was an inspiration to us all. It is a terrible
loss. There is one consolation: she lived long enough to see
the beginning of the end of the Bush dynasty.