And not just because she has the coolest doctorate in the world:
“Understand that I’m not trying to throw off on cheerleaders. I’m just saying that the common perception outside Texas is that cheerleaders are powder-puffs. Texas cheerleaders are not powder-puffs. Cheerleading is serious business here. The cheerleaders here are much tougher than the football players — who are, make no mistake, impressively tough. Cheerleading here has gone through a very postmodern liberation. The signifier has kicked free of the signified. Cheerleading is no longer an activity in support of a sport. Cheerleading is a sport in and of itself. If you watch those cheerleading competitions on ESPN (and how can you not? All those little girls in Miss Sunbeam-style curly ponytails flying through the air like human confetti) listen to what they’re saying. They’re not urging some unseen team to ‘Go!’ They are exhorting the listeners to ecstatic inspiritedness in support of nothing other than the celebration of abstract positivity. They’re cheerleading for Cheer itself divorced from circumstance and fact.
“This all makes perfect sense in Texas. In contrast to the way that we mountain folk believe you can gain enlightenment from reflecting on how the world is ultimately inherently flawed, Texans feel you can experience Nirvana through the medium of focused positivism stripped clean of all context.
“That’s what makes this a scary place some days.
“In the Bush era, it’s what made the U.S. a scary place for the whole world.”
Where never is heard a discouraging word, by Kelly S Taylor, Rehearsal Journal for the Molly Ivins Show, September 3, 2010
This is one one-woman show I want to see.
Also, fair warning, if you miss Molly Ivins, you will miss her more, but feel good about it, reading this rehearsal journal. You will also laugh quite a lot while doing so.