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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Charlie (Colorado)

The greatest tragedy of all is that good judgment comes from experience, but experience comes from bad judgment.


fascinating post, but what makes you think we are swinging back towards Apollonian times? (I don't mean that question in a hostile way, but earnestly - what do you see that i don't? I'd like to have some hope!)

Tom Strong

I think you're misreading Flanagan. Her whole point is that the moment at the end of the movie is "magical" because it's unrealistic. She just was affected by the movie despite herself.


Regarding Flanagan's intention, I agree with Tom Strong's reading.

However, I disagree with Flanagan on this point. At the end of the film, Juno (the girl) is not "completely her old self." She has grown through the events that transpired. She's different.

She's just not forced to wear a sackcloth and hang her head in a constant state of misery. (Some young feminists writing about Flanagan's column have asked if this is really what Flanagan wants to see. They see Flanagan as writing "Let's punish the slut.")

Back to the movie. By the end of the film, Juno gets to break through the smart-ass persona she had been hiding in. She makes some decisions. She takes some risks. And not smart-ass tomboy risks, but emotional ones.

In the near-to-last scene, we see her cry. She allows herself to feel the hurt of letting her child go, unseen.

The final scene is an exterior scene. That is, it doesn't tell us a lot about what's going on (or has gone on) inside. That's why I think that Flanagan's assertion that it shows that the girl is unchanged is flat-out wrong.

Even in the real world, the experience of heartbreak does not close us off to a simple moments of joy. Let the girl -- and her boyfriend -- sing to wrap up the movie.


You make it sound like a pretty good movie!


And the REAL fairy tale? The story of the screenwriter.

A Hollywood agent liked her blog. He encouraged her to write a book, promising to help her get an agent. After her book was signed, he persuaded her to try her hand at screenwriting.

She spent the next two months banging out this script in a Target Starbucks. It ended in a bidding war. Both she and the director are on record as saying that the script remained pretty much unchanged.

She grew up in suburban Chicago. Moved to the Twin Cities a few years ago, and is now living in LA. It would be easy to hate her for her success, but she's been blogging through it the whole time, and she seems as grounded as possible.

Check out this video clip of her appearance on Letterman. (If I recall correctly, some of her wardrobe came from a thrift store.)


Adrian -- there are chastity clubs at Harvard and Princeton, as well as the whole evangelical silver-ring movement. Then there's straight edge, which is mostly about being hip by not doing drugs but also has its sexual component (granted this is from alt.punk bulletin board decade ago, I don't know where it's gone since):

"no casual sex. or permiscous sex, fucking around, no one nite stands, diseases are spread, abortions happen, date rape, so no screwing around, emotional baggage you dont need, so basicly you dont have sex until you meet someone your comfortable with and that you'll take on all the responsibilities or sex."

On 15 Sep 1997 mattie t wrote:
"Sxe [pronounced "sexy"] is to abstain from poisons and mainly be true to your self. Being true to yourself will help you from abstaining from sex. It has worked for me I was a virgin until 19."

This is now the counterculture, and as you know the true counterculture has immense attraction for young people, AND is often the source of the next culture.


What I love about straight edge is that it basically reinvented/rediscovered the wheel, taking the Buddha's advice not to take anything as received wisdom but to find out for yourself.


__ Have cake

__ Eat cake

Pick one, and only one.


Why limit cultural proclivities to two Gods - Dionysius and Apollo? I think we are entering the era of a not quite Goddess - Pandora.



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