No, not the album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Iâ€™m a tad too old for that.
Instead, itâ€™s about this. A 1949 album, â€œan audible anthology of modern poetry read by its creatorsâ€, edited by someone called Lloyd Frankenberg. And the album is a Long Playing Microgroove Record, the first Iâ€™ve bought in twenty years.
Amazing stuff. Readings by TS Eliot, Marianne Moore, ee cummings, William Carlos Williams, Ogden Nash, WH Auden, Dylan Thomas, Eliazabeth Bishop.
- Never knew such an album existed.
- Never thought Iâ€™d ever hear the voices of some of these giants of my youth.
- Never dreamt I would be able to acquire such a collection.
- Particularly an album with ink autographs of some of the poets.
- And none of this would have been remotely possible except for the web and for trust and for humanity.
- Without collaborative filtering on some other purchase I would not have known of the albumâ€™s existence. Period.
- The seller preferred to deal locally, having been burnt by international would-be buyers before. Without my PayPal and eBay credentials, and without my Google visibility (this he only told me about later) he would not have sold it to me.
- Without my innate belief in humanity, and without my trust experience with eBay and PayPal, I would not have paid the pretty penny it took.
But. Itâ€™s in my hands. And Barryâ€™s happy; Paypalâ€™s happy; eBayâ€™s happy. And I am happy.
And I am even happier that all 8 poets had Wikipedia entries.