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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One of my closest friends married a woman from Ireland. He told me of the first time he went with her to Ireland for Christmas. The airport was full of Irish returning from the U.S. for Christmas. Driving out of the airport, he saw a sign that read simply: "Welcome Home."

In the Scorcese movie "The Departed" (which I detested), someone says that Freud once said that the Irish are the only race of people who are impervious to psychoanalysis. I don't know if Freud really said this but I wouldn't be surprised because there was some truth to it. With the possible exception of Poland, Ireland was the most Catholic country in the world and there is something fundamentally incompatible between Catholicism and psychoanalysis.

Along with its new found wealth Ireland is losing its Catholicism -- a tired old story, as the same thing has happened in Italy and other places. Before you know it the Irish will be asking shrinks to cure their ills.


Well, there's something we agree on: detestation of "The Departed."


Aw come on, we agree about more than that. Although I know in my rational mind that it is unrealistic, I can never relinquish the idea that philosophy -- i.e., rational argumentation -- could bring you to if not Catholicism at least some form of orthodox Judaism. (Although I don't know that we detested The Departed for the same reason. The reason I didn't like it is becuase, like all Scorcese movies, it depicted people as being so mean and nasty. Like some other of his movies, it promotes a sort of nilihistic view of the (Catholic) working class as being violence prone. I grew up in a Catholic working class neighborhood, and it was exactly the opposite of the way life is portrayed in Scorcese movies -- it was full of large, loving families. That's how I remember it anyway. Obviously the people there all had their problems but to the extent there was a characterizing tone, it was one of warmth not violence. The way Scorecese portrays life among the Catholic working class is a straight out lie, in my opinion.)


Never say never, but I doubt I'll ever be an orthodox anything. I'm not an apologist for libertinism and I do believe in natural law, but I ...don't have time to finish this comment. Later :( . . .

Tom Strong

Dan, have you ever seen Italianamerican? I actually haven't, but it sounds like the exact opposite of what you so dislike in his films.

Tom Strong

Dan, have you ever seen Italianamerican? I actually haven't, but it sounds like the exact opposite of what you so dislike in his films.

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