A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 01, 2007
“Good thing we’ve still got politics in Texas - finest form of free entertainment ever invented”

Molly Ivins (1944-2007) was more than a political commentator or a humorist. She was a Texas original, and it showed in everything she wrote.

She loved to write about the often ridiculous goings on of the Texas Legislature.  “Good thing we’ve still got politics in Texas—finest form of free entertainment ever invented” is a typical Ivins comment, from 1986.


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.
Biography
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
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Writing style
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.

7 June 1986, The Nation, “Tough as bob war and other stuff” (Letter from Texas) by Molly Ivins:
Good thing we’ve still got politics in Texas—finest form of free entertainment ever invented.

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