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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Stephen Brown

I'm more put off by the terms he used for the drugs than with his actually using them in the first place.

Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though," he says.

Blow? Smack??? These aren't terms you use in your early thirties.

I'm probably be irrational. What difference could it possibly make what he called the drugs. But that's honestly the first thing I thought when I read those words.

amba

Blow? Smack??? These aren't terms you use in your early thirties.

Maybe that's what the drugs were called where and when he was a teen-ager, and he was flashing back to that earlier state of mind, as memoirists often do. I dunno -- you'd have to see the passage in context.

Randy (Internet Ronin)

We were always playing on the white man's court . . . by the white man's rules," he writes. "If the principal, or the coach, or a teacher . . . wanted to spit in your face, he could, because he had the power and you didn't. . . .

As I asked elsewhere, how does one go about having his "Sister Souljah" moment with himself?

I could care less about past drug use. By now, I think most Americans feel the same way, provided it wasn't recent. I DO care immensely, however, about statements like this, a statement that was crafted and printed not a careless off-the-cuff remark.

Icepick

IR, when he was growing up those comments about playing on the white man's court were true. It's easy to forget how recent "the bad old days" were, especially for those such as myself who were born after the big civil rights legislation of the 1960s were passed.

Incidentally, if the principal, or the coach, or a teacher . . . wanted to spit in your face, he could, because he had the power and you didn't. . . . was true whether one was white or black as recently as when I went to school in the 1970s and early to mid 1980s.

amba

As with "blow, smack," my sense is (and I'm not trying to make excuses for Obama, just reacting as a reader) that in those portions of the book he wasn't speaking present-tense as a 30-something-year-old, but retrospectively recreating his state of mind and the ambient language when he was a teenager.

karen

I think he's being honest and human, speaking as he does. It's so refreshing to be able to hear of any politician that will let us see him/her in their bathrobe- hair freaked out and maybe still in their facecream.

Of course, compared to Hill and Pelosi- coiffed and uplifted(from the butt up, probably)- he's real. As a representative to the Commonfolk(me & whomever wants to be included in said title)- that's way cool.

Randy (Internet Ronin)

Icepick: I'm sorry, I know how old Obama is, where he lived, and where he went to school. No sale, here.

(And that story about coaches and principals mentioned sure wasn't true when I was in school, an average public school in California, a bit before him.)

JD

Obama went to a very prestigious private school in Hawaii.

I wonder when he is talking about experiencing "white man's court" because I don't see that happening in a Nationally known private school in Hawaii where whites are a minority.

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