Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Mark Daniels

Like you, I admired Peck's work and was sometimes exasperated by him. I also agree with you that 'People of the Lie' was his most outstanding book, an incredible contribution.


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my new job is helping someone start up a non profit. good times! i'll email your real email with more details.

also, going to midwifery school! gonna birth babies!

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Interesting premise for a blog - I have to look around here, but I think I could be a regular...

Re: Scott Peck (the topic that brought me here), I too was fascinated with the man, had benefitted from his writings, met him once in person and therefore, was a little taken aback at learning the news today (guess I was under a log this week?) of his death.

I agree that the NYT didn't really give Peck his due. You'd think a man who has sold millions might have been worth a closer examination (i.e. his writings!). But the point I find many people miss about him (and why I don't consider him a titan, but merely an empowering author) was that much of his best ideas were largely derivative of Jung.

I only realized this when I read Jung, of course, but when you do, it's pretty much all there. The blending of the psychological with the spiritual, etc. Peck's genius was in translating it into something accessible to the layman and the American audience.

In later years, his work seemed to suffer (I give you: "In Search of Stones") and I was very surprised to read the obit and find out he had re-married - obviously very recently, for he was still married to first wife Lily as late as 1999, I believe!

But he was "self-important" as you say, and an admitted philanderer etc. His excesses (principally his smoking, I suspect) are no doubt what killed him far too young.

But like you, I will miss Morgan Scott Peck. I think I would rate one or two of his books on my top 10 list of "most influential" tho at this point, I am not even sure which ones.

Thanks for giving the Doctor his due. I am going to go check out those interviews now...

Cynthia McLean

My favorite M.Scott Peck book is DENIAL OF THE SOUL: SPIRITUAL AND MEDICAL PERSPECTIVES ON EUTHANASIA AND MORTALITY (1997). I read it 18 months ago when I realized my mother was serious about suicide, as an alternative to nursing home care. I knew I had to prepare myself to address the question of suicide with others in the event she followed through. Peck's book helped me to understand my mother's perspective, even when in the end Peck said "No" to euthanasia. Mother took her life last spring. I was prepared and remain very grateful for Peck's DENIAL OF THE SOUL.

Darren Briggs

I would have to agree with you that People of the Lie is an “important” book. It reveals the subtle evils of codependency, narcissism, self-absorption and other family dysfunctions. Your comment, “Strangely, I can't remember why this book first hit me so hard…” made me consider why the book had been so memorable to me. Although I read People of the Lie many years ago, I still remember a number of profoundly disturbing stories from the book. I will never forget the story he told about the boy he counseled whose parents had given him a rifle as a birthday or Christmas gift. The shocking part in the story was that the gun had once belonged to the boy’s older brother and it was the same gun his brother had used to commit suicide. The horrific twist in the story was the fact that the boy’s parents were oblivious as to why their son was depressed and behaving badly. During the telling of this story, Peck pointed out that he had found that when counseling children the first place to start any kind of diagnosis was with the parents. In this case the treatment he encouraged was a separation from the clueless parents. Not surprisingly the boy’s condition improved.

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