What I learned from Molly Ivins.
But she did more than that. Molly Ivins taught a whole generation of women writers the most useful trick out there, more useful, even, than faking bravery: Get the boys to laugh with you, and you stand a pretty decent chance of being taken seriously.
Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate.
Photograph of Molly Ivins by Vince Bucci/Getty Images.