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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Rather lovely, but does evoke a backwater image from Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (one of my fav SciFi movies).


Yes, "Invasion" (the original and the remake) did give the word "pod" and the idea of "pod people" a creepy vibe. The question is whether the completely different meaning it has for cetacean fans is strong enough to override that.



Lovely, and perfect, rumination on pods. In fact, pod people did cross my mind as it did for wavemaker. And ipods too. But cetacean pods, you are correct, won out among the intertexts for me. Thanks for the poetry.


Ah, good. But then there's podcasting, which some say is the next wave, and I don't know enough about it to guess whether it will reinforce or contradict this image.


I have been thinking about this since my earlier post this morning --

what is the broader social conduct of whale pods? Do they interact with other pods of whales or sea creatures (other than gobbling up plankton)? If they stay unto themselves, the metaphor suffers somewhat, as I am sure most of us are eager to cast about in search of new links, and even to be members of several pods of distinct affinities.

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I recently read -- sorry, I forget where! -- that whales send low-frequency lovecalls to each other across thousands of miles, relaying them from one helpful whale go-between to the next so that, say, a male in the South Atlantic can signal to his intended in the North Atlantic although they belong to different pods and swim in different waters.


I just realized, you could also call it a pride (though maybe that sounds too conceited).

Or a gaggle.

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