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Michael,

 

Your prose reminds me of a very famous American poet, William Carlos Williams, but for two things: he's a poet, and you have more of a stream of consciousness thing going for you in your writings...

 

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I love William Carlos Williams. And I love it when someone gives me an excuse to post a poem. This one by Williams is called The Crowd at the Ballgame, and has always struck me as one of the most fearful descriptions of "the crowd" mentality. And this can certainly apply to coins. For Kool-Aid drinkers everywhere:

 

The crowd at the ball game

is moved uniformly

 

by a spirit of uselessness

which delights them --

 

all the exciting detail

of the chase

 

and the escape, the error

the flash of genius --

 

all to no end save beauty

the eternal --

 

So in detail they, the crowd,

are beautiful

 

for this

to be warned against

 

saluted and defied --

It is alive, venomous

 

it smiles grimly

its words cut --

 

The flashy female with her

mother, gets it --

 

The Jew gets it straight -- it

is deadly, terrifying --

 

It is the Inquisition, the

Revolution

 

It is beauty itself

that lives

 

day by day in them

idly --

 

This is

the power of their faces

 

It is summer, it is the solstice

the crowd is

 

cheering, the crowd is laughing

in detail

 

permanently, seriously

without thought

 

WCW

 

 

 

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The Genius of the Crowd

by Charles Bukowski

 

 

There is enough treachery, hatred,

violence,

Absurdity in the average human

being

To supply any given army on any given

day.

AND The Best At Murder Are Those

Who Preach Against It.

AND The Best At Hate Are Those

Who Preach LOVE

AND THE BEST AT WAR

--FINALLY--ARE THOSE WHO

PREACH

PEACE

 

Those Who Preach GOD

NEED God

Those Who Preach PEACE

Do Not Have Peace.

THOSE WHO PREACH LOVE

DO NOT HAVE LOVE

BEWARE THE PREACHERS

Beware The Knowers.

 

Beware

Those Who

Are ALWAYS

READING

BOOKS

 

Beware Those Who Either Detest

Poverty Or Are Proud Of It

 

BEWARE Those Quick To Praise

For They Need PRAISE In Return

 

BEWARE Those Quick To Censure:

They Are Afraid Of What They Do

Not Know

 

Beware Those Who Seek Constant

Crowds; They Are Nothing

Alone

 

Beware

The Average Man

The Average Woman

BEWARE Their Love

 

Their Love Is Average, Seeks

Average

But There Is Genius In Their Hatred

There Is Enough Genius In Their

Hatred To Kill You, To Kill

Anybody.

 

Not Waiting Solitude

Not Understanding Solitude

They Will Attempt To Destroy

Anything

That Differs

From Their Own

 

Not Being Able

To Crate Art

They Will Not

Understand Art

 

They Will Consider Their Failure

As Creators

Only As A Failure

Of The World

 

Not Being Able To Love Fully

They Will BELIEVE Your Love

Incomplete

AND THEN THEY WILL HATE

YOU

 

And Their Hatred Will Be Perfect

Like A Shining Diamond

Like A Knife

Like A Mountain

LIKE A TIGER

LIKE Hemlock

 

Their Finest

ART

 

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I kind of like that idea. I always thought that some of the longer threads should have some kind of final summation. A couple good appropriate poems might be nice. A quote, a song lyric. Something to put it to bed. Okay, okay, I'm only half serious. I always find it interesting, though the way a thread will morph. For instance, it seems your thread at CU has taken a turn towards estate planning now. And, in turn it started some off-shoot threads like TDN's thread about advice on liquidating coin holdings. Watching the twists and turns can be an awful lot of fun.

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Keith,

 

When you went to downgrade the Ike did you contact them before you

sent it in? I'm thinking of doing the same thing and want to know if I have

to include information like what I think the market price is and such.

 

-KHayse

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I did contact Rick specifically beforehand, because it was suggested to me that only the luster was impaired, and what the coin really needed was a nice bath before a reholder. That's why it burns me so. I e-mailed him, he reponded, requested the coin be sent to his personal attention, and it was returned reholdered with no explanation, even a sorry, we can't do anything.

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