Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?

Molly Ivins Can t Say That Can She Whether she s writing about redneck politics in her native Texas or the discreet charms of Bushwazee Molly Ivins in never less than devastatingly honest and hilarious Our toughest funniest and savv

  • Title: Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?
  • Author: Molly Ivins
  • ISBN: 9780679741831
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • Whether she s writing about redneck politics in her native Texas or the discreet charms of Bushwazee, Molly Ivins in never less than devastatingly honest and hilarious Our toughest, funniest, and savviest columnist delivers the goods on Texas politics Well, our attorney general is under indictment He ran as the people s lawyer now we call him the people s felon.Whether she s writing about redneck politics in her native Texas or the discreet charms of Bushwazee, Molly Ivins in never less than devastatingly honest and hilarious Our toughest, funniest, and savviest columnist delivers the goods on Texas politics Well, our attorney general is under indictment He ran as the people s lawyer now we call him the people s felon The flag burning debate Bush s last birthday cake was in the form of the American flag, and he ate it stars, stripes, and all Think about where that flag wound up I call that desecration Beign a woman in Texas There are several strains of Texas culture They are all rotten for women One not infrequently sees cars or trucks sporting the bumper sticker Have fun beat the hell out of someone you love.

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    1. I deeply regret that we didn't get a chance to hear what Molly would have said about Sarah Palin. The mind reels.

    2. I had a more extensive review and somehow lost it.Molly Ivins was a hoot, with a genuine love for Texas, people, politicians, scoundrels, scamps and crooks (some redundancy there), and even Lubbock. Her collection of anecdotes are priceless - I love the apocryphal one about the Texas legislator who took money from the chiropractors' lobbyist, then voted against the bill. When asked why, he explained that 1) the doctors gave him more money and 2) the lobbyist should have known he was weak when he [...]

    3. First things first, I miss Molly Ivans, she left us way too soon and I would have loved to hear what she had to say about what's been going on since she left us. I read this book knowing that she was no longer here and that this book was dated. However, dated or not, some things in politics amazing (actually very sadly) stay the same. There were a lot of her stories that are relevant in the here and now. So if you like Molly's way of writing, read this book, you won't be disappointed.

    4. The late Molly Ivins was a unique and irreplaceable asset to American culture, and this is one of her best books. She talks more about her own life here than in other books, at the same time she recounts the situations that led her to tilting at various state and national government windmills and their proprietors. Strongly recommended for anyone who likes their progressive politics seasoned with a mixture of humor and "this has to stop" anger when ordinary people get hurt because of the misbeha [...]

    5. I read this wonderful book years ago and was lucky enough to see Molly in person at the Southern Book Festival in Nashville. She was as authentic and brilliant in person as she was in her writing. I wonder what she would say about the state of politics today.

    6. When Molly Iven's passed away, we lost a reporter who could cut through the political rhetoric and tell the story truthfully. She was gutsy, irreverent, humorous and remarkable! Any book of hers is one well read!

    7. I love Molly Ivins.I love that even 20 and 30 years after she wrote these pieces, they're still relevant. The situations may have changed slightly, but her outlook remains worth considering.I miss her terribly.

    8. I read this book years ago, enjoyed it immensely and am re-reading it now. Molly Ivins, writing on the Texas "Lege", is one of the great political humorists in our history.

    9. There are very few political writers--and even fewer columnists--that are truly timeless. Molly Ivins is one of them. She knows her city, knows her state, and knows her country better than you do. She writes it like she's sitting right next to you, feet up, cracking into a case of beer and telling you just how it is. She can get a little mean but she's never less than fair, and she spends a good deal of time going after the locals and the state nincompoops as well as the national ridiculous pers [...]

    10. Hilarious reading and SOOOOO TexasI can actually hear the twang in her voice as I read her plethora of published articles. Molly gives a satirical view of various events in past Texas politics from the 70s into the 90s. One does not even have to start at the beginningyou can just choose an article to read and will find yourself laughing out loud, chuckling, shaking your head and thinking, "Oh, good heavensose Texas men need to join the 20th century!" It just doesn't get any better than Molly Ivi [...]

    11. Read this book some time ago -- it was my first Molly Ivins book but definitely not my last! I love her political acumen and her outrageous sense of humor!

    12. This was quite an enjoyable book with commentaries about many aspects of life in Texas both everyday life and especially about politics. Reading about some of the events and people during the Reagan presidency did not give me a sense of nostalgia-more like nausea. Her first essay on Ann Richards' sense of humor was priceless. Molly Ivins may or may not be able to say that, but she sure made me laugh!Some of the quotes I liked are the following:"One cow, one vote.""everything is one color-dry.""G [...]

    13. This is a collection of wholly outdated political essays by a columnist whose work I read religiously when she was still alive and writing. So why did I give 5 stars to something that dated? Well, for one thing, many of these essays are still hilarious. Sadly, many also show how little has changed in some key areas of American politics in the last 20 years. Maybe especially in Texas politics. Sometimes while reading Ivins' smack-downs of closed-minded conservatives, it seemed like they could be [...]

    14. This book is dated in some ways, but in other ways nothing has really changed. Time has changed the characters and the technology but politics and human behavior remain the same.I enjoyed reading this quite a bit. I loved the colorful characters out of Texas, and it was a pleasure to read these articles in which Molly Ivan's wit, intelligence, eye for seeing through the BS, her sense of humor, and her journalistic integrity are so in evidence. I wish I could hear her opinions on the political ch [...]

    15. Our corporate-controlled media has lost the ability and desire to self-reflect. Molly Ivins came from west Texas and worked her way up through the journalistic world while never losing her quick wit and astute political observation. This book is a collection of articles she wrote for various magazines and newspapers in the 1980s and early 1990s. She died in 2007, and not one commentator, journalist, or comedian has stepped up. Her final essay, about the rise of Anne Richards, is a classic tale o [...]

    16. Rest assured, if someone thinks Molly Ivins 'can't say that' she will. This book was written in the early 90's and focuses on Texas government shenanigans - a subject Ivins, who at the time was a political reporter and contributor to several nationally reknowned periodicals, is more than qualified to dissect. She's witty and funny in her observations. Sure, she can skewer a politician in one swift stroke, but she does it with humor and without malice which is a nice change from recent writers, l [...]

    17. I read this book for my book group, and I think we were all a bit surprised that it wasn't exactly what we thought it would be. Ivins was a bright, witty woman, who approached the fact that she lived in Texas as material for infinite observation. It is worth reading for the insight into that singular state, but I have to say that collections of articles are too ephemeral to have the kind of staying power that you'd hope. I could have read more, it was entertaining, but I pretty much stopped once [...]

    18. Damn, this woman had a vocabulary. I was never so grateful to read a book on my Kindle, with that easy dictionary function. I liked reading this, even if the intricacies of Texas politics in the late 70s and early 80s got kinda boring at times. She was clearly passionate about it. I read past some of the predictable hillbilly anecdotes from the legislature (e.g a fistfight on the floor of the House in the 1950s) until I realized--there was a fistfight on the floor of the House in the 1950s. Stil [...]

    19. Oh, I love Molly Ivins's take on Texas politics! I read it first in the late 1980s (I think). I'm a native Texan, although I've lived in Wisconsin since 1968, and I really connected with what she wrote. One of my book clubs chose it in 1998 as a "light read." It was so dated by then, but I still appreciated her biting wit and her writing.My favorite example of that is when she is describing one Texas state legislator's lack of intelligence: "Having a debate with him was like target practice on a [...]

    20. This is a collection of previous writings, organized into sections by category: “Texas Bidness,” “The Reagan Administration Revisited: Under Indictment or Under Average,” “The Discreet Smarm of the Bushwazee: Campaign Notes and the First Year,” “Wimmin, and Ancillary Matters,” “Words and Heroes.” The early sections were entertaining, but it took me forever to get through them and at times I thought about laying the whole thing aside. The last sections, however, really came al [...]

    21. Just finished reading "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?" A book of her columns from the late 1970 and 1980 originally published in newspapers and magazines and each column is still as fresh as the day it was written. I recommend it as a fun reading about everyday U.S. politics, but with a concentration on Texas. This book illustrates just how much politics remain the same over time, although the characters have different namesA++

    22. Reading Molly Ivins' first compilation of columns into a book has been a complete pleasure. It allowed me the chance to read her oldest stuff, which I'd never done before. From right-on columns about Dallas that are still-pertinent 23 years later to the weeds of life under Reagan and Bush 1, Molly got it right every time.

    23. Molly is gone, but she left sharp satire and big laughs behind. There is no larger, better or more worthy target than the Texas state legislature for her keen observations. These columns from the late 80s hold up, maybe in ways Molly might never have imagined. But then again, when it came to the Bush dynasty or the venal ways of politicians, Molly would have been just as ready for this century.

    24. Stories of Texas politics, the shenanigans of Our Elected Officials, and Ivins' wry and often hilarious observations thereof, but just under the surface is a plea for sanity and true patriotism, small 'p', which doesn't equate love of country with pecuniary self-interest or moral browbeating. A great American, and sorely missed these days.

    25. Collected columns by the best political satirist since Mark Twain. Everything Molly Ivins ever wrote is funny and spot on. Molly - how we miss you! More proof that there is no God. How could Molly Ivins be gone while W is still here?

    26. A lovely writer and funny as all get-out. This collection is dated (as is all her stuff, given the nature of politics) but still manages to be both relevant and hilarious. If you like politics and history and journalism and humor, give this one a read.

    27. I gave this one four stars because I am from TX. I can see how it would not be as meaningful to someone from somewhere else. If you are from TX and forties it is great reading. Funny, insightful, informative, profound.

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