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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Oy, the way you capture the inner life of bloggers is so amazing and dead-on accurate that it makes my mouth fall open. Plus, you provide a poetry to the blogging experience that is so much more appealing than any whining or rambling I will ever do on the subject! From the vacant switching of our tails to the concerns about the sparkling-eyed anticipation of our pod mates and the unknown lurkers who will swim away—you have NAILED it! Of course, you never have to worry about feeding your pod since you are so prolific you have become the Joyce Carol Oates of bloggers.


You mean Ms. Quantity Not Quality? Oy. . . . And as for you "whining and rambling," your fourth-month anniversary post, I think it was, was one of the best things ever written on blogging, hands down. Nobody is as vulnerably funny as you. If that's whining and rambling, long may it wave.

The only reason I blog so much is because I am frantically avoiding my real life and obligations. When they come and cart me away to debtors' prison, I hope they don't repossess the iBook.


It must be a character defect: I still don't get it...


"It must be a character defect"

That's an ambiguous statement. You mean yours, or ours? (I have a hunch you'll say one and mean the other.)


I can't help it -- "looking for bloggons" reminds me of that awful Star Trek joke the punch line of which is, "They both circle Uranus looking for Klingons."


No, I actually meant the defect is mine. Blogging has not entered my bloodstream. I have to will myself to do it.

For those of you who keep journals religiously: has this supplanted your journal-writing? Once upon a time I was a journaler, but have long since lost the discipline. Journal-writing and blogging seem to be two aspects of the same compulsion. I've never been able to sustain journal writing except when I've been on some sort of international adventure. I suppose I'm just not introspective enough to find much to dwell upon in my daily life.


You're just not neurotic enough, Al.

In answer to the question "does it supplant journal-writing," it largely supplants that aspect of journal writing which is observations and passing thoughts. There are still things you can't or wouldn't say in a blog, though.


This helps explain why my butt seems to be permanently attached to the computer chair. I thought the need to blog would wear off with time but instead, it's getting worse. Doctor, is there a cure?

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