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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don't waste your time watching.........


And I thought I was the only living American to have never watched the ‘American Idol’ show! I’ve only seen the commercials and had conversations about the show at the company ‘water cooler’.

I’m not sure who are the real losers on this show. Simon Cowell (a high school dropout) is a complete jerk and removed himself from a British equivalent of the show for his lack of manners. Paula Abdul – she was a great dancer but she wasn’t known as a singing diva in the 1980s. Can’t comment on Randy Jackson.

Then, as you mentioned, are the contestants. What I don’t get is why these people are ridiculed and the pop ‘sensations’ who have multi-million contracts cannot sing? If you brought some of those sensations before the judges, they would be berated. That says much more about what the music industry is offering the listening audience.

You brought up an interesting issue about Fox and American Idol. I would have thought that the show would be a ‘blue state’ hit and less in the red states. I’m not so sure that’s not true. I did notice the show appeals to 18-49 year olds.

My water cooler pals were well past that age! When I asked why they watched, they said the music was ‘standard ballads’ and they could relate to that format. They are Bush supporters so perhaps ‘Idol’ does appeal to red staters.


"creating a charmed third space where we do what we do for the sheer intrinsic pleasure of it, and for the eyes of a non-mass audience of our peers?"

Perfect! That's why I do it!

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