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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Yuck, another tome from Sentinel, the ultra-conservative imprint of Penguin Books. The last book I read of theirs, "A Matter of Character: Inside the White House of George W. Bush" attempted to canonize our fearless leader with more ferocity and fiction than the recent revisionism about John Paul II. That's fine (although I needed a barf bag at my side at the Barnes & Noble—I'd never PAY for such a book!), but I couldn't believe the factual errors in Richard Kessler's book—not areas where I disagreed but true factual errors such as when he described Bush's education policies and completely mangled the discussion of the so-called "reading wars" between whole language and phonics. He ascribed all sorts of things to whole language that have absolutely nothing to do with it. Will Klein's book be subject to the same shoddy editing? I wonder to what extent the provocative "What She Knew, When She Knew It" subtitle relates to knowledge of her husband's affair. **Yawn.** On the other hand, I hope Hillary is NOT the presidential candidate in 2008, I don't think that's a terribly good idea (but if there isn't a woman on either ticket next time, I give up—that should have stopped being a Big Deal decades ago...).


According to that Media Matters article I linked to above under "MORE":

The Truth About Hillary author Edward Klein reportedly has a personal dislike of the Clintons,


Edward Klein's previous books have been widely denounced for reliance on "anonymous sources" and "psychobabble" . . . Klein makes his living trashing the famous in controversial books.

Of course, Media Matters appears to be, in its turn, a partisan organ concerned with discrediting the discreditors.


More than discrediting them, MM affirmatively exhorts its readers to lobby against the book's dissemination!

This is too delicious.

A neighbor of mine worked SS inside the Clinton residence. He will not speak of what he saw and heard, beyond simply saying that he left the position because he came to so despise them as people that he felt he could not do his job.

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