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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RW Rogers

Not watching, not listening but am enjoying reading your take on things.

RW Rogers

Engrossed or bored to death? Looks like you gave up ;-)


Probably just forgot to "save" for a while; I was eating! :)


I can't blog and chew broccoli at the same time!


The camera work on the 'obit montage' was horrible! Too much movement, jesus, just plant the camera, we didn't need to see Queen Latifah!

Only the musical montage was worse!


Oh, I totally agree! Once it began, they should have cut away from Queen Latifah and shown us the full screen. The whole production looked like they were cutting corners on the tech side.


The funniest thing of the night was the Jimmy Kimmel/ Tom Cruse ad!

Boy, that's depressing!

Calling Cruz "a little burrowing owl!" From you, Amba, that's quite sweet!

Donna B.

I just read Althouse's Oscar blogging and I think y'all were watching two different shows.


Cool, I'll have to read it. Maybe she was paying more attention than I was.


Oh, you mean because I kind of liked the innovation she hated? She didn't seem to be in the mood to watch it in the first place. Her commenters were, though -- I'm going to see what they said.


I liked the set, framed by shimmering crystals. The actor to actor tributes were OK; at least they were a departure from the same annual routine. The presentation of the best song nominees bombed, but at least they cut the length of the show by limiting nominations to three potential best songs. None of them were memorable.

Sean Penn would have done better not to preach to us about California politics, instead using the time saved to add one more person to his thank list - Harvey Milk. He went for a negative spin on people who support traditional marriage instead of reaching for the positive spin connecting gay rights with a real human being who was apparently inspirational. Pity.


You really should see Wall-E. I thought it was pretty incredible.


Hugh Jackman has a Cary Grant quality that I liked, but my all-time fave Oscar host is Billy Crystal...Followed by Bob Hope and John Stewart.


Me too Billy Crystal.

When Hollywood people talk politics and causes, I always get the feeling it's more for display than conviction. I realize that's probably unfair.


Those Althouse people are really nuts. I thought it was the best show in years, with occasional moments of wincing embarrassment. I think Bill Maher sometimes gives liberals a bad name. Did he really have to diss the peoples' "silly gods" in such a forum? Read the room, Bill. (Oops, forget to mention him on my own Oscar recap, gotta go add that...)


OOOh, gotta read yours!


P.S. Nice try, guys, but I find that "compassionate compromise" about as compassionate as Bill Maher's take on God and religion. Yuck.

Peter Hoh

Perhaps you don't know the background for the Ben Stiller routine. Joachim Phoenix appeared on Letterman looking like that, and seeming rather stoned or something.

Peter Hoh

FWIW, I don't think the Blankenhorn-Rauch compromise is going anywhere.

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