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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If there are no limits, then are you what you choose to be? I wonder if we just don't properly understand our internal relationships to choice, and determinism. I don't dismiss determinism; at a very deep level it appeals to our common sense. But people fail to realize that choice, freedom, a sense of being "open minded", aren't mere factoids, but they're muscles you have to stretch, exercise and use to see how you can go past 'what you have been' to 'what you want to be.' We concentrate too much on making excuses for our past selves, rather than teaching ourselves how to joyfully blow up those parts of you that have worked before, but now are leaving you stuck in the mud.

I enjoy Nietzsche because he attacks everything I've ever felt about myself -- and then turns right around and shows me how I can rebuild that self, and the joy of having a whole new set of eyes for something I thought I 'knew.'

As a minor cultural example, I don't see Fred & Ginger as film stars from over 70 years ago; they make me feel 'newer' about myself than most actors and films do today. Such is the conjuring trick of their art, and that's why they are 'new' to me. To each, their own dance partner!


"There is a connection between the therapeutic and nanny-state mindset that is indignant and overprotective and wants people not to suffer, and the economics of bailouts."

That's right.

"It's a conundrum, because no one argues that terrible suffering is good."

I do. Terrible suffering now can prevent even worse suffering later.


Unfortunately, wanting people not to suffer (at all) is a big part of what got us into this mess. Reducing suffering is a good thing, no argument. But spending money that you don't have to do it is just asking for worse trouble down the road. And that is exactly what both a lot of individuals and our state and Federal governments have done: spend money that they didn't have. Not by borrowing money which they could reasonably see a way to pay back in order to fund some kind of infrastructure (homes, roads, etc.) but borrowing money to fund luxuries (mansions, bridges to nowhere, etc.). Money which could either only be paid back if a miracle occurred (never-ending booming economy), or which someone else would have to pay back (e.g. the next generation, either in massive taxes or massive inflation to make the debt worth a lot less).

As real points out, the bill is now coming due. And the actual choices, whether the politicians will admit it or not, are 1) serious suffering now, or 2) worse suffering later. Anyone who denies that is, in practice, just hoping to depart (life, or at least office) before the problem can no longer be denied.


I enjoy Nietzsche too, Ron, even though "enjoy" seems a bizarre word to use . . . like enjoying a tsunami.

And your linkage of Nietzsche and Fred & Ginger just sends me. "Things that make you feel 'newer' about yourself" is an extremely important category, possibly just named for the first time.


A while back Althouse remarked that she didn't dance because of being an intellectual, so I gave this quote from my Uncle Fred:

"One need only read German books: there is no longer the remotest recollection that thinking requires a technique, a teaching curriculum, a will to mastery—that thinking wants to be learned like dancing, as a kind of dancing ... Who among Germans still knows from experience the delicate shudder which light feet in spiritual matters send into every muscle!...
For one cannot subtract dancing in every form from a noble education—to be able to dance with one's feet, with concepts, with words: need I still add that one must be able to dance with the pen too"

Nietzsche -- Twilight of the Idols, "What the Germans lack" #7.


thinking wants to be learned like dancing, as a kind of dancing ... For one cannot subtract dancing in every form from a noble education—to be able to dance with one's feet, with concepts, with words: need I still add that one must be able to dance with the pen too


Althouse doesn't dance?? I didn't see that. I would've been all over her with my tap shoes . . . If I had to give up either dancing or blogging, I'd be outta here in a heartbeat. (I can't ballroom dance, by the way; I'm a casualty of the '60s, strictly free-form.) Fortunately, nobody's forcing me to choose between these two ways of dancing.


Even I, with the terpsichorean gift of a fireplug, would still face the music and dance with you, Amba!


Just do this...


As real points out, the bill is now coming due.

Egads, the YouTube clip connects to wj's point! That settles it: That's our '09 Theme!



1) That's sooooo tender.

2) And so weightless! They're like thistledown. "The Unbearable Lightness of Fred and Ginger."

3) Dang, you really can see right through her dress!

You got us started on a Fred & Ginger afternoon. We watched more videos and then I read out loud to J from the Astaire Wikipedia bio. (Did you contribute?? Nothing there about the affair.) This particulary struck me:

Astaire agonized during the entire process, frequently asking colleagues for acceptance for his work, as Vincente Minnelli stated, "He lacks confidence to the most enormous degree of all the people in the world. He will not even go to see his rushes...He always thinks he is no good."[32] As Astaire himself observed, "I've never yet got anything 100% right. Still it's never as bad as I think it is."

That's an artist for you. I've read much the same about the sculptor Giacometti. What he created was so great because he was reaching for something he could envision even far beyond that.


Althouse doesn't dance.

I thought that was what alcohol was for!!!


The current recession is being greatly exaggerated for political reasons, and by those who simply live on hysteria. Not that it isn't gonna hurt, but to listen to the news (and the pols who want to spend a trillion dollars on goodies as "stimulus") you'd think the end times were here. They're not.

We've had a dual shock, energy costs and real estate asset values. You may have noticed that at least one part of that is not a current major factor. (I paid $1.29 for gas yesterday. I want my Suburban back.)


LOL- i don't want my Suburban back, Tully!! I remember filling it up for the 1st time-- i am embarrassed to say i actu7ally looked UNDER the thing to see if i had a tank leak!!

My GMC Pick-up is nice-- it wasn't so at 4.00$ gas. I'm still mad about the price of desiel fuel during the Summer's cropping. THAT hurt.

And, Tully? The MSM has predicted this downturn for 2yrs. Talk about lag time.

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