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Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She? Paperback – September 15, 1992
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- Keith R.A. De Candido, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"A delight from start to finish... Molly Ivins proves that keen intelligence and a Southern accent are real good buddies... She has wise and often hilarious things to say." -The New York Times Book Review
"Wickedly funny."- Detroit Free Press
"Molly Ivins has birthed a book and it is more fun than riding a mechanical bull and almost as dangerous."- Ann Richards, governor of Texas.
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But more than that, Ivins knows Texas politics as intimately as anyone. If you are not from Texas, as I am not, you might think that you are not especially interested in the culture and history of the Texas legislature. Or you might think that one state legislature is pretty much the same as any other. But I think you'll be surprised at the degree to which Ivins' "Texas Leg" columns are both entertaining and insightful. She may beat some jokes into the ground sometimes, but this book belongs in the library of any connoisseur of political commentary.
To call Bush shallow is like calling a dwarf short
belongs among the most memorable statements of
recent times. What if she does repeat it a couple of times? A really good idea is worth reiterating.
The only limitation of this book is that it focuses on Texas so much and does not fully represent Molly's trenchant view of the politics of the country as a whole. Her recent columns, printed even in some narrowly conservative local newspapers, remedy that lack.
If we didn't have Molly Ivins, we might be reduced to reading William F. Buckley.
If you are but an droll watcher of human foibles, Molly Ivins's humorous take on humanity -- pants up and pants down -- will tickle your fancy and make you jealous that you didn't say that first.
Molly Ivins is someone whom you'd like to invite over on a Saturday morning to share a pot of coffee, a dozen doughnuts, and a wheel-barrow-full of mordent chuckles about the human condition.
She doesn't degrade humanity: she only wishes that we would take some time out to fulfill our potential. And you have to admit: the only people who receive the full sting of her barbs are the one's who've asked for it.
I'm sure no one ever told Molly Ivins that she had trouble communicating her opinions, though. Communicate them she does, with a drawl and a wry grin. I'm sad that I've only recently started to search out information, because I would have loved to have read this essays by Ivins when they were topical. After the fact, they're enjoyable, especially since I lived in Texas during the time the majority of these essays were written. Some of the topics I recall vaguely, like the Gib-erish of Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis ("I cannot tell you how grateful I am--I am filled with humidity." "I want to thank each and every one of you for having extinguished yourselves this session."). Other topics I knew intimately, like the furor over Governor Mark White's "No Pass, No Play" rule.
It was fun to revisit those days and to catch up on those things I had missed because I was too busy playing around at school. Ivins' style is so full of Texas itself that it was scary--I felt like I was back amongst those dumb Aggies (a quick wave to my bubba!) and crazy rednecks. I even felt homesick for a moment--then I remembered: Texas, it's a good place to visit, but I've already lived there.
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You have no idea how happy I was to find out that Molly Invens now has books available for Kindle eBook... She has such a snarky sense of humor, I love it!Published 4 months ago by P. Munson-siter
What a witty, gifted woman this writer is. Wildly quotable and full of anarchy and wisdom and wit.Published 7 months ago by Paul Ehrmann
Molly is clever, knowledgeable, and never afraid to voice an opinion. Of course, she was preaching to the choir!
But she did have excellent material to write about.
Molly Ivins’ views on American politics were incisive, humorous and honest. What makes her humor so funny is that she was raised in a very conservative area of Tejas yet, she was... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rolando V. Arango
I love anything Molly Ivans wrote! Wish she was still around to write more columns!Published 17 months ago by N Burrows
I am a retired history teacher and Molly Ivins is my hero. I liked the book very much that I got for myself, and then gave it as a gift, also.Published on February 15, 2014 by J.H.D.