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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A highly interesting post/thought - gave myself the luxury of reading it even though I´m supposed to be on a blogging abstinence (to rest my eyes).

Laurie K

>>New Orleans was a sort of moated zoo habitat or reservation for the soul, a small space where it could remember how to roam freely and feel at home.<<

After paying a visit to the Big Easy, I thought of it as an old, sad prostitute whose charms were a pathetic shadow of itself, and who kept turning tricks because she doesn't have anything else to offer. These fanciful notions a New Orleans that didn't exist won't help it get rebuilt. It was dirty, corrupt, and dangerous for its residents, and, in the end, demonstrated a cruel indifference for the least among them. If it's to be remade, let's do it right -- not based on some goofy flight of fancy that sounds like a travel agent on acid. Let's do it better than that -- let's make it a decent place for people to live and work in, not a hive of want and violence.

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