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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And there-in lies the nub: what characteristics are meaningful, and what are merely coincidental? For a bat, even metal can have the "correct" length and maximum diameter. But what, beyond those geometric characteristics, is critical?

I suspect that the same conflict over what is meaningful occurs thruout our lives. Not least in politics and government -- what is critical and what is merely the way things chanced to be done in the past?

But the real rub is that we don't recognize that deeper source of conflicts. Alas.

Jean Gottlieb

I thought bats were originally made of hickory.
Many objects of the hand--rag paper, leather (books) used to have a heft, balance, life to them that's lost because we've squandered the source and the resource: the sweet, durable leather of mountain goats, the linen rags, the close-grained trees that gave us non-splintering wood. Forests must be saved; animals shouldn't be slaughtered for our uses; rags? everything is synthetic, which can't stand up to the long term use.



And then you saw off the end with a very fine blade, bore out the body, fill it with cork, refit the end and refinish. Almost as effective as steroids.

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