Molly Ivins (1944-2007) often poked fun at Texas ways, but she dearly loved the state. “I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults” is something she wrote for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1992.
Wikipedia: Molly Ivins
Mary Tyler “Molly” Ivins (August 30, 1944 – January 31, 2007) was an American newspaper columnist, political commentator, and best-selling author from Austin, Texas.
Ivins was born in Monterey, California, raised in Houston, Texas, and attended St. John’s School in Houston. She went on to study at Smith College, earning a BA in 1966, and at Columbia University’s journalism school, where she received a master’s degree
Written from a generally liberal perspective, Ivins’ style consisted of down-home homilies, peppered with colorful phrases to create the “feel” of Texas. When outraged by instances of what she considered malfeasance or stupidity on the part of public officials, she couched her argument in an air of stunned amusement. She enjoyed telling stories about the Texas Legislature, which she simply called “The Lege.” She contended that it is one of the most corrupt, most incompetent, and funniest governing bodies in the nation—a well that she tapped on a regular basis.
1 March 1992, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, “Mornin’, Fort Worth! Glad to be here” by Molly Ivins, pg. 1:
AUSTIN - Hidy, Fort Worth. Think of the fun we’re going to have. The statehouse, the courthouse, the White House - mirth, glee and hilarity to be found in abundance everywhere we look. It requires, of course, a strong stomach to laugh at politics in our time. But the only other options are crying or throwing up, and they’re bad for you.
I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults.
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