Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Trying to live in a world without Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins was not a Quiet American. Her life defined a way of being American when America was known for its sense of humor, optimism and, above all, decency. I've always liked her quote that Patrick posted at Making Light. (He also has a link to more Mollyana at the Texas Observer.)
There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity—like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule—that’s what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel—it’s vulgar.
She left us much too soon. We'll just have to push back all the harder against her fellow Texan without her, doing what she would want us to do.

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