According to The New Yorker of 10/31/1994, Ivins made a promise to her mentor, John Henry Faulk: “I don’t want you to worry about the First Amendment. I’m gonna take care of it.”
As Lawrence Wright observed, “Ivins finds that humor is the best weapon in the war against intolerance.” And for decades she’s been at the forefront of that battle, a forceful voice for a set of values too rarely represented in the media.
The Texas Observer has a great remembrance of her life and work. All we can do is take on the charge she accepted those many years ago, and take the same care for the First Amendment that she did.