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

A fellow Ellen Barkin fan! In those two movies especially, I think she's one of the sexiest women ever born.


Yeah, and she was either paired with two sexy guys, or more likely, brought out the sexy in both Dennis Quaid and Al Pacino. And yet, in both cases, playing very different kinds of women (one an inhibited klutz and one vulnerable but very seductive), she was an utterly sympathetic character to a woman. You'd want to be her or be her best friend. What a turn-on both movies are.

You know she was married to some billionaire who recently divorced her, probably for a younger model. More fool he. Ronald Perelman, she ended up with at least $20 million. I'll bet she's still sexy and funny, though she must be approaching 50. -- No, she's going to be 53 in April!

And I just discovered from Wikipedia that she's in the forthcoming Ocean's Thirteen - perfect!


Oh my God, this brought back visceral memories of my own grammar school "Heads Down, Thumbs Up" anticipation, except we only played it in French class so it was called "Tetes Sont Bas, Pousses en l'Air."

"Time and Again" is one of my all-time favorite books. The way Finney incorporates the Statue of Liberty and the Dakota into the plot is brilliant. How was this never made into a movie? (Or was it?)

My favorite Ellen Barkin movie is "Desert Bloom" where she plays the glamorous, sad, sexed-up aunt to a dysfunctional family in post-World War II Nevada during the period of nuclear testing. Jon Voight is especially good as her damaged brother-in-law who was a war hero.


Strange -- I thought they did make a movie of "Time and Again," but apparently they never got it off the ground. Now, with computer special effects, they could pull off some things that would've been impossible not that ong ago.

"Pousses en l'air" sounds like it adorably means something else.

Well, I'm putting "Desert Bloom" right on my list!

m. takhallus

By the way, thanks for that book. I started it, then got distracted by a deluge of stuff, which is why I haven't finished it yet. Suddenly I have to read a bunch of non-fiction crap. Oy.


Has anyone besides me had the reaction of thinking, "There are no movies I can watch again and again without fatigue," and "All punchlines eventually lose their humor for me if repeated often enough?"


Well, see, in practice, "again and again" actually means, like, "once a year." We're talking about the movies that aren't spoiled by knowing just about every minute of them, where you anticipate your favorite parts and they hold up on repeated viewings, but not exactly every day, week, or month.

Ann Althouse had a post about "comfort movies," and in the comments I admitted to seeing "Tom Jones" nine times the second semester of my freshman year in college; but then, the first semester, JFK had been assassinated, so I plead extenuating circumstances.


No doubt the sensuality of Tom Jones was pretty exciting for a girl right out of High School in the mid 60's. It seemed unprecedented to me, but I was in high school, so what did I know of precedent? I have seen bits of some movies several times, and my favorite, Sophie's Choice, more than twice, but I usually don't go back unless enough time has passed that I have forgotten a great deal.
For me, an old movie is like a high school reunion, to be enjoyed if I happen upon it, but not very often. A thin line separates comfort and boredom.

Tom Strong

Tom Strong, because he hasn't blogged in months (and isn't about to start now)

Too true!

But I'll at least be a good sport and respond to the tag:

1. Your Money or Your Life, by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. I've probably given five copies away at this point, though it's been a while.

2. Without a doubt, it has to be Bananarama's "Cruel Summer." Not because I particularly like the song, but because it has gotten stuck in my head more times than any other piece of music. I probably find myself humming it - and then cursing furiously - every six hours or so. It's a cruel summer, fall, winter, and spring, every year.

3. "Ghostbusters". I've probably seen it eighty times, and I laugh at pretty much every line.

4. That's a good one. I'd probably pick Victoria Chaplin, who I saw perform at some little theater in New York when I was a kid. At one point she constructed a full-size elephant made entirely of chairs, then climbed atop it and rode it off stage.

5. Oh, there was this absolutely fantastic painting a former coworker of mine made. The top three quarters of it depicted a solemn, grey stone castle. Below it, a flight of gorgeous, hilarious birds burst forth from the canvas. It was the most beautifully funny painting I've ever seen, but I couldn't afford her asking price. She ended up selling it to some other dude.

6. Pretty much anything by Octavia E. Butler, whose clear-eyed view of human cruelty and kindness has deeply influenced the way I see people.

7. Sung in a high falsetto: "Do doo de do doo"

Gruff response: "mahna mahna"

gets me every time.

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