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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The blogosphere has seemed to slow down lately, at least the portion I bother with. Even Althouse has had to poke the odd hornet's nest to get any action lately. (See her Murtha post, by way of example.)

Personally, I think this paragraph is spot on:

You could say with just as much justification that the blogosphere breathes, and that one wave of fervent enthusiasm has ebbed; another is gathering, perhaps with the next crisis or controversy. It's only the commentoholics, addicted to their legions of readers' addiction to them, who can find something to rave about even in the lulls.

We're just waiting for the next storm to break.


And yeah, us commentoholics are having a rough go of it at the moment. Maybe you should write another post about pugs. Or Jack Whelan. Or space aliens. Or maybe a potluck post about all three?


Pugs actually ARE space aliens . . . E.T. was obviously modeled on one.


Well, I'm trying to get back into the swing of writing for my weblog, but it's hard when I feel that no one is actually thinking and trying to understand instead of merely reacting. Since I don't get paid for blogging, the only payoff I get is feeling that I helped someone think about something in a new way.


Oh! You're back!!! That helps a lot. Thank you for letting me know. (I haven't mastered this RSS stuff . . . )


Yes, to all three. It seems a lot like summer vacation to me.

I will say that many of those whom I used to see commenting frequently and regularly on various sites are very scarce or even absent. Or, they've moved to blogs that are themselves, or at least whose commenters are, more representative of one definitive side or the other.

I'm a deep, deep believer in phases and seasons, for persons, places and things, and in a perpetual, cyclical ebb and flow.

Come fall and winter, a better sense my immerge.


My name is Meade and I am a commentoholic.
Our new 12-step program, Commenters Anonymous, meets every Tuesday at 7:00. Please join us for tea and silence.


What the heck is "immerge"? Some sort of weird hybrid of "emerge" and "immersion"? What unconscious assessment was I making with that conflation?


Perhaps the answer in your question lies in that concept.


RIA, that's iMerge, and it's Steve Jobs' latest creation. It's a device for connecting an iPod directly to one's auditory nerves. Sell any Bose stock you own now!

Dave Schuler

I'm still here, amba.

michael Reynolds

I think it's beginning to occur to people that they're not getting paid. It's unlikely that significant numbers of people will continue to engage in a demanding occupation -- and in many cases it rises to the level of an occupation -- that doesn't pay.


Yeah. I once thought it might lead to paying gigs, back into journalism through another door. And it might, if one invested an enormous amount of time, strategy, and shrewd specialization in it. It's another speculative venture.


Meade: Not you commentoholics. I was thinking in this instance of the commentariataholics. Michelle Malkin, e.g.


Commentariataholics? That's quite different than being a commentaholic. It's like the difference in being schizoid as opposed to being schizophrenic. Neither is good, but one is much worse than the other.

(And did you know there was a Schizophrenia Daily News? The web has everything!)


I just read somewhere about the "worldwide stuttering community."


Amba, that is such a straight line! Unfortunately, all of the jokes I can think of are obvious and cruel, so I think I'll pass. Sigh.


Some of us have things to do in life outside of blogging. ;) Plus, it's true that blogging doesn't pay--but it can eat up a lot of time, and actually cost some folks money in that the overuse results in dollars shoveled out in physical therapy for tired, inflamed tendons. And, unfortunately, I tend to do my best thinking when I've away from the computer.


(typo) last sentence: I'm, not I've.

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