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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I too discovered Augustine this weekend (though I can't remember where - my mind is too scattered for hat tips, which you dole out so well). My favorite "inteterview" is part six. I love that even the straight answers from this clever God aren't easy or direct.

Richard Lawrence Cohen

Very interesting, but why does this guy have to try to snow us with words like cultus and agnosis and praxis and revalorized and de rerum natura? All of which have perfectly good English equivalents. Not to mention two I had to look up in the dictionary -- and apophatic isn't in Webster's Unabridged, though I'm ready to believe it means something or other. I started reading Faulkner at 9, come to think of it, but I find this a pain in the ass.


My quoting was so selective as to be somewhat (not totally) unfair, as he gives much fuller explanations/translations in the original passage. However, "soteriological" is way too much for me. I've seen the word before, I once even learned what it meant, but it didn't stick. I'm surprised he doesn't use "hermeneutics," another heavy, slippery one like a dead fish that I can't get a grip on.


Am I the Chagall of the day ? I'm flattered and moved to be in such fine company, not just Chagall but your blog and your readers. Will link to you as soon as I get back to blogging this week. Thank you.

Chris Clarke

Dave is a fine writer, and snowing people is the furthest thing from his mind most of the time. There is beauty in the simple Anglo-Saxon, but there are times - few and far between, but they exist - when the music of the sentence demands Latinates or academic Teutonisms.

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