"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Friday, February 2, 2007

Molly Ivins, Nan Shin

RIP Molly Ivins, age 62. "It mattered, a lot, that Molly was writing for papers around the country during the Bush interregnum. She explained to disbelieving Minnesotans and Mainers that, yes, these men really were as mean, as self-serving and as delusional as they seemed. The book that Molly and her pal Lou Dubose wrote about their homeboy-in-chief, Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush (Random House, 2000), was the essential exposé of the man the Supreme Court elected President. And Ivins's columns tore away any pretense of civility or citizenship erected by the likes of Karl Rove." Via Alternet.

Another of my heroes, laid to rest.

And here is a correction to an earlier post's paraphrase, Nan Shin (Nancy Amphoux): "...By not quite accepting, because they do not please us, things that are so, we spend our entire lives making meaningless gestures somewhere next door to reality." She's talking about the Reagan presidency. Her teacher was Taisen Deshimaru, author of Questions to a Zen Master and The Zen Way to the Martial Arts.

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