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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Man....nature's hypocricy machine.


For some reason, many of the world's greatest artists have been a**holes.


What Meade said. I heard an interview with the author on NPR; very affecting story. At least Miller had the grace to give him an equal share of the inheritance.


Yeah, artists are often truly rotten to the people around them. I don't know if it's always been so (people tend to invoke J.S. Bach as the model of the responsible, devoted family man and artistic genius) or whether it is the poison of the Romantic era. The notion is that the agonies and the fruits of creation justify ruthlessly using other people as raw material, muses and servants

Randy (Internet Ronin)

I saw this story a few weeks(?) ago and thought, "How sad." And, "How cruel." Fortunately, the boy apparently doesn't really understand, and Miller did the right thing at the very end. Still...


As contemptible as I find Miller's behavior, it did occur to me to put it in cultural context: this is how too many families reacted then and earlier when a less than perfect child was born.


Very successful actors, artists, businessmen, and athletes, beautiful women and the very rich frequently get a pass from the "petty" morality imposed on the common folk, and they frequently abuse their privileges. Elevate ten people above the law and nine will be tyrants.


And the tenth is George Washington.


Funny you should say that. I was thinking the same thing

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