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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Richard Lawrence Cohen

What really bugs me about this guy Frey is his implying that Hemingway wrote disguised memoirs. Hemingway was an artist. He wrote fiction that contained elements of his life. When he wrote nonfiction he called it that: A MOVEABLE FEAST, GREEN HILLS OF AFRICA, DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON. "...the memoir didn't exist in their day..." -- what a pile of nonsense.


Oh gosh. I laughed hysterically when I read, "This is disgusting. I'm ashamed to be documenting it. Larry King is such a hyena."

AND THEN Oprah called. Oprah! Sounds like she saved the show for King & Frey by calling in right at the moment when viewers were about to tune out. I can just see the producers jumping up and down with excitement, "Oprah's on the phone. Oprah's on the phone! Let's get her on the air!"

I haven't read Frey, but I've been a fan of the "drugmoir" for years. Like Richard, I'm surprised to see even this sub-genre described as new. Go Ask Alice, Baby Driver, Wonderland Avenue, and - of course - Fear & Loathing are a few that come immediately to mind. How accurate were they? And were they held to the same standards?


Wonderland Avenue. Danny Sugerman's book on life, booze, drugs and Jim Morrison. As a fan of The Doors, I've read about as many books as I can about Morrison's alcohol and drug abuse lifestyle.

Sugerman's wild ride was a well-written document to that age ... and his admiration for Morrison. Both are now together in the ether of the universe ... waiting for the sun.

Frey's book ... it is one that I have heard a lot about and a number of people that I know in recovery have read it. I don't know if I want to read it. Yet I do know this: Whether someone wants to parcel it up, slice and dice it and say this and that was not right ... if the book helps someone -- Just One Person -- in their recovery, then I do believe it has made some dent in the recovery realm.

Yet again ... just one man's opinion.

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