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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Tom Strong

I find the junta which rules Burma to be very mysterious. They make a point of isolating the country and preventing democratization, but it's not clear what ideology informs their choices. At least with Kim, there's clearly a cult of personality thing going on. But the rulers of Burma since 1962 have typically avoided the limelight, AFAIK.

Adrian

Actually, when it comes to Korea, I view the South Koreans as the inhuman ones. (I'm living in Seoul this year, btw). I'm amazed in my daily conversation how little the people here care about those who are supposed to be their countrymen. There is far more hatred for America than for the Northern government. And do you remember the case of the Korean missionaries who went to work in hospitals in Afghanistan and were kidnapped? Well everyone here just thought they were idiots - 'why put your life in danger to go help people?' 'they got what they deserved,' etc. Anyway, my point is, I'm shocked by the lack of compassion shown by people here.
I compare it to the Civil War, where countless people were willing to die for some abstract conception of the freedom of strangers of another race. Meanwhile, although South Koreans have more in common with North Koreans than abolitionists had with slaves and although North Koreans actually live in worse conditions than the slaves did, nobody in South Korea seems to really give a damn, let alone willing to die for the cause of freedom.
Anyway, very weird, is all.

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