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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Agreed, The Big Chill effect is moving in. With at least a couple of Dem candidates who invoke so many emotions, pro and con, it may be inevitable that we see the fringe crazies surface.

That last ( ) paragraph is so true. Martyrdom is a punched to larger than life super-stardom, whether good, evil, political, entertainer, whatever. Would Marilyn Monroe or Elvis be as enduringly huge as they are if they had lived out their lives? Probably not. John and Bobby and Martin? For our generation, probably. Beyond, questionable.

It is scary to think that the best odds on accomplishing one's life work is achieved by shortening that life.


Re diavlog: It keeps registering to me as divalog. As in, you're a couple of divas swapping stories.

I keep thinking this level of Obama adoration can't be sustained. For months I've been waiting for his early, Chicago-based fans to get disgusted with the new, fair weather fans & create a backlash ... like when an indy rock group suddenly gets a top 40 single, and all the kids who saw them years ago in small-town college bars roll their eyes about the new followers & jump ship for the next up-and-coming underground outfit instead. But I guess it's hard to compare politics to indy rock.


About that '60s chill...I've observed that those of us who grew up with assassinations (I was 9 for JFK and nearly 14 for RFK) were already cynical by the time we were in college. We didn't even fear that anyone we admired would be assassinated; we almost knew they would be.

It's probably why we embraced (although we did not create) the narcisism of the '70s. "Yeah, right, peace love and understanding. Just let me get my degree and get a cool job that lets me express the real inner me and to hell with your silly hippie causes. A job where everybody's like the newsroom on the Mary Tyler Moore Show."

It's not that we didn't secretly have causes outside of our egos, or that there was no activism among younger Boomers. The culture just didn't lend itself to it the way it did in the '60s.

Your cohort had "What Have They Done To The Rain." Ours had "What Have They Done To My Song, Ma."


Alison: if you read that New Yorker article, you'd almost think the guy has BOTH a sense of destiny AND enough of a sense of humility to shrug off the outsize expectations and stay standing. He was evidently bred and raised by a collection of narcissists, and reacted against the hubristic tendency to try to take the world on alone.

Melinda: cynicism is good protection. In the case of Bobby Kennedy, I cannot say for sure that it's "better to have loved and lost" . . . because so much was lost. Of course, it would have been much more flawed and quotidian than we are free to imagine it. But it would be quite a different country, wouldn't it, if the adults who kept the energies of the young working "in the system," instead of spinning out into destructive radicalism, hadn't almost to a man been offed?

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