Goodenough Gismo

  • Gismo39
    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."

  • 74%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

  • Google

Blogs I love and/or learn from

« My Obituary? | Main | Them's fightin' words! »



Wow. They were both suffering from depression, I'll guess, the same frantic, showy kind that propelled them into the spotlight to begin with. Interestingly, the depression may have been all tied up with their physical problems. Hunter had a whole mess of ailments, and apparently Gray's depression overwhelmed him after a bad car accident in Ireland. A toddler my be still smarting from separation. These guys were in pain, too -- mental, but far more than that, too.


I know, that was judgmental of me. Takes a male depressive to empathize. Maybe they illustrate the no-exit quality male depression can have, especially for a certain kind of bravura, acting-out male.

On the other hand:
1) Some of Hunter's physical troubles might have been caused or exacerbated by substance abuse (which, in turn, you can claim was self-medicating for depression).
2) Spalding Gray was in pain and impaired by that terrible car accident he had in Ireland. Some of the pain, though, may have been to his vanity.
3) There's no excuse for doing that to your so-called loved ones. How loving, other than self-loving, was either of these guys? Keeping in mind that you can choose to act lovingly even when you're not feeling loving?

Ronni Bennett

Ten years ago or so, a friend who had suffered from severe depression for decades, committed suicide by rigging a shotgun across the sofa and pulling the trigger with a string - shortly before his high school-age son was due home.

Lots of people suffer from devastating depression. Few inflict such acts as these on their loved ones.

I remember my friend with love and I miss him, but it's difficult sometimes to keep that in mind.

The comments to this entry are closed.

My Photo

New on FacTotem, my Natural History Blog

Jacques' Story: Escape From the Gulag

The AmbivAbortion Rant

Debating Intelligent Design


  • Listed on Blogwise

Blog powered by Typepad
Member since 08/2004