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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Ruth Anne

You'll always love it. But it might not be the same.

Glad all went well.


It sounds really bittersweet. I'm really glad that the court case is over and it went your way(it did, didn't it).

I wonder, once you've had time to ruminate on it all- if you will ever go back even when you can?

Peter Hoh

Terrific post. Buts me in mind of some of the conflict I feel about home and favorite places left behind, roads taken and not.


Like Emily in "Our Town."

Glad you made it there & back.


Beautiful, poignant post. But I'm curious about the resolution with the apartment. Do you get to keep it?


Karen, Danny -- this wasn't the court case. This was me having an obligatory meeting with the landlord's lawyers to answer their questions based on a bunch of documents I was also forced to give them. The documents clearly show that a) I was not living in Florida since 2004 like they thought I was, but b) I have been living in Chapel Hill since the end of August 2006.

The lead lawyer on the case thinks they ought to settle with me to the tune of one more unmolested 2-yr lease period on the rent stabilized studio in exchange for giving up the rent-controlled one. (The senior partner over him is still frustrated that they renewed the lease by mistake last time -- "Otherwise by now we'd have them both," he said in front of me.) There is no guarantee that the landlord or even the senior partner will go for this, especially since they have plenty of rope to hang me with if they choose to go that route. So that's where it stands -- up in the air.

Maxwell James

My own returns to the city are much like that - to invoke your previous description, it remains intimate despite becoming ever stranger and more distant.


Whenever I spend more than a week away from my apartment, coming back to it always feels as if I'm walking into a cave.


Melinda, I wish I'd had time to see you.

Maxwell James

But I have to go back . . . for the bagels.

Yeah, I come home with at least a dozen nearly every time I visit NY.

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