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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o but the terry schiavo southpark episode was pretty funny (and I never watch the show, either, I promise). and because they write and draw them so fast (only a couple of weeks before the show is aired, I think), it can be topical in a way that few other tv shows can be. but anyway, here's my list:
2) Bjork
3) bicycles
4) cocaine
5) tom cruise


This would be easier if my "peer group" was broadly defined. But that would be cheating, so...

1) Spirituality
2) Sports
3) Sushi (I'm with you, Rae)
4) Having a soundtrack for your life (music on 24/7)
5) A career

Tom Strong

I'll have to echo the "peer group" complaint, but I can easily think of several anyway:

1) Marijuana. Has not once made me feel happy or even particularly groovy.

2) "The Iron Chef". A little past it's time, I know. I tried to like it, but it basically felt like "let's laugh at those weird Japanese people." I have similar misgivings about Lost in Translation, but its sense of surrealism was more subtle, and the love story was moving. Plus I hate the idea of chefs as rock-stars.

3) Astrology, and other forms of mysticism. Perhaps not a huge trend right now, but very reflective of the people I hang around.

4) Modern-day "Skepticism". I mean the Penn & Teller kind, that has co-opted the word without embracing true skepticism. Nothing makes me angrier.

5) Grad school. I've resisted going for five years now, despite ample pressure and occasional desire. It just keeps seeming like a waste of money!


I love these comments.

I also love sushi. But I concur on Björk, cocaine, Tom Cruise, sports, soundtrack, career, and graduate school. Although I appear to traffic in "spirituality," Al, most of it actually makes me gag.


Go here for my views on Tom Cruise.


Good Game. My particular nemesis is Reality TV. I have an opinion, viewpoint or at least a little something to say about everything else suggested, but am utterly clueless on TV reality. I cannot watch it, not for one minute. It is not merely an alien concept, but an alternate universe of unutterable depravity. Give me sushi, every time...


1) Steroids in baseball. Who gives a shit? Let them kill themselves. This is ancient Rome, after all. If we want baseball to be the sporting equivalent of an early music ensemble, then I guess there should be no steroids. Since we spend our days in vicious competition, we should be allowed -- and the competitors encouraged -- to enjoy same. More cathartic. Besides, they'll always get around the sanctions, the way recreational drug enthusiasts do.

2) U2. Guess that dates me. I never understood the fuss.

3) Arguing politics. It's almost never real argument (it's usually just taking turns empatically stating your POV and not listening to the other). Whereas, if we really knew how to do it, we might actually learn something, and/or change a few minds along the way.

4) Golf.

5) Poker.

Ancient Mariner

1. Gomers (old folks)talking about their ailments. A sign that we've run out of ability to discuss matters of general interst.

2.The Super Bowl. It is so overblown. One restaurant down here in Florida used to close only one day each year. Guess when.

3. Faith-based government lying. A majority of us U.S. Citizens voted in favor of it.

4. Home baseball fans who stand up, and urge others to do so, when an opposing batter has two strikes on him. I believe that this habit began in Yankee Stadium, which is alone enough to condemn it, but it has been adopted throughout the major leagues. Phooooey.

5.People Against dogs on the beach. As far as I am concerned, a little dog poop here and there is part of the good life. I once neared an adult fist-fight on this subject.



1. American Idol. Why do so many people watch this high tech amateur hour? I honestly think that the show is emitting some kind of hypnotic ray to the general public. But then again, I watched Faye Dunaway's "The Starlet" so I really have no street cred here.

2. Gigantic mounted high definition TV sets. I come from a long line of gadget junkies but this latest goody does nothing for me (and it's freaking expensive!). Everyone I know who has one has it mounted over their fireplace which just looks weird. If you must buy one of these things, build a screening room in your house and put the family photos back on the mantle.

3. People who don't "get" blogs. Oh, come on, folks, say you don't like them but stop with the not "getting" them! Read a few and see what they have to offer. There are as many blog styles as their are personality types, I'm sure you won't find them all offensive.

4. Hating France. True, the French can be arrogant and rude, and they sure as hell sold their Jews down the river during World War II, but admit it—you are secretly envious of their culture, gorgeous language, and superior cuisine. In the interest of full disclosure I must admit that my daughter is half-French and that most of the French people I know are Jewish so my impressions are a bit skewed.

5. Defending George W. Bush. I know, I know, what is worse than a one-track liberal who constantly froths at the mouth about W. being the second coming of the anti-Christ? Yawn. Hysterical lefties aside, let's not forget that with every passing day, Bush IS getting worse, worse, worse. He may not be Satan, but for whatever reasons he's doing his best to lay waste to the environment, education, civil liberties, and our place in the world as we know it.


1. the war in iraq
2. al qaeda and the terrorist threat
3. the pope dying and finding his replacement
4. attacking dubya
5. ambitions

michael reynolds

Cool idea fora post, and well-written, too.

You're right about SS, at least to a degree. Wrong on South Park, right on Reality TV, wrong on Darwin but not totally wrong. The problem is that a lot of people who defend Darwin don't actually understand Darwin. darwin was not a moral philosopher, he was a biologist. he was just making the point (now self-evident) that species which are well adapted to their environment ten to outlast species which aren't.

Here's my list:
1) Social Security. How about we help out poor people and the richer retirees are on their own?

2) Spirituality. What does it mean? Why do I need it?

3) The War on Drugs. never try to get between a willing buyer and a willing seller, unless you simply have no alternative. Legalize drugs.

4) The War on Gays. What is there, a list that right wing assholes work their way down? Let's see, we've done blacks, Jews, women, immigrants. . . Okay, faggots, you're up.

5) Sushi. It's a perfectly nice food style, but it is not transcendant. It's just. . . nice. Nothing more.

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