cided that with a little cross-country organization, the Remainders could raise money for literacy. That got Molly and Friends into an Austin studio, recording the Kitty Wells version of “The Wild Side course I improved the lyrics slightly,” says Molly, “because I am a writer. As in, ‘From the start, most every heart that’s ever broken, it’s because there always was some prick to blame.'” She was surprised when Goldmark also asked her to sing a verse of a rock song \(“I can barely sing at all, let alone a rock initial hesitation “with the help of all my real musician friends.” Lo and behold, I am treated to Molly Ivins’ spirited, husky contralto, in an a capella version of the old Bo Diddley tune, tentatively at first, and then just belted out: Well, you can’t judge the honey, by looking at the bee, And you can’t judge an apple, by looking at the tree, And you can’t judge a daughter, by looking at the mother, And you can’t judge a book, by looking at the cover. In that star-struck moment, I could swear I hear, in there somewhere, distant echoes of another rebel East Texan, Janis Joplin. Molly, however, does not quite have stars in her eyes. “Now I should point out that the name of Kathi Goldmark’s label is Don’t Quit Your Day Job Productions. The name is very well chosen.” But just the thought of herself on a forthcoming recording, singing up a storm in the distinguished tradition of Bo Diddley, sends Molly Ivins into another fit of rolling, wonderful laughter. She’s obviously thinking how much fun it is. March 21, Molly Ivins will be at Book People in Austin, March 24 Send the Whether you’re in Buda, Bula or Buna, you can make the Observer available to your local Observer libraryand your neighbors for only $25. Your Name Address City/State/Zip Phone Please circle the library or libraries of your choice below. 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