Compulsively Aimless is devoted to amateur attempts at short poems and random excursions through my bookshelf. The book lists in no way represent complete, well-thought out collection on any particular subject but are what I happen to have on my shelf. Expect lists devoted to travel, adventure, America, history and the unusual.
The hermit grew delusional and portentous about the outside and the inevitable with dire moods invading his home no more did he trust the press, phones or the outside world in general. During the day he activated his nocturnal headshrinker Then again he never thought he would ever be caught violating the rules of day-night psychology. Last words from the smashed and dying shortwave radio warned that many inoperable ruptures frustrate the dreams of obstinate yet sentient beings.
Portrait 2: Elves Themselves
More benign than translucent we prodded the tremulous elves into buses and provisioned them with crudites for the expedition ahead. Up north when evil weasels find Etruscan elves elusive they often turn to Elvis and thoughts of industry A rival tribe of trolls with souls escaped into their underground game rooms.
Portrait 3: The Surreal Revolution
In his delirium, the Archduke felt no remorse when he consolidated his crockery in the museum's sarcophagi Below the parapets scenes of the surreal revolution... - -Roving gangs of octogenarians feared nothing but the lunar eclipse. --A compendium of rhinoceros blubbered pluperfect odes. --A barber refusing to abide by the Vizier’s holistic manifests. --Men in overgrown mutton chops looked superfluous but proved a fateful distraction to the Bishop's defrocking. --Justice was meted out for those that abandoned participatory architecture. --More inflatable obelisks were deployed to allow the competition to continue --Chocolate milk went on sale at the infanticide but went unreported in the media. Desirous of additional conspiracies the man from afar said it all.
Portrait 4: Unreported Explorers
Finding the planet's fastidious pulchritude tolerable Captain Des Jardins waded into the hoards The incredulous hermaphrodites of the Southern Hemisphere followed suit The Francophile circumnavigation of the Chukchi Peninsula was obstructed by the isthmus so he resorted to his dirigible. On the camping trip my daughter was chided for not bringing deodorant. Do you think Daniel Boone would have used deodorant? The sounds of disco fever wafted in tender tones over the lonesome prairie. Closer to home my collapsible recumbent bicycle helped make many new friends and leap frogged other bike technology Over the time horizon Conquistadors reclined in their mukluks on the charpois
Portrait 5: From a Military Standpoint
Eskimos should have more escalators on their frigates. A kerfuffle erupted over the issuance of a new and improved blunderbuss The adoption papers went missing after the adorable Panzer leader executed a pincer movement in western Ukraine A wounded Brevet Major General excoriated the cheating charlatans of his command and uttered unexpurgated oaths “Tinker-bell in espadrilles equals fashion overkill.” “Grandpa said you have to take care of the baby while she gets tattooed.” “I care not for your javelin experiments and instead find favor with transubstantiation and the simple pleasures of saltine crackers.” “Fortify my carousers with embellishments and rectitude.” Over the ridge the violin marching band stormed the fortifications without a single heartbreak.
Portrait 6: In Stores Now
At the motley, old haberdashery preposterous dramas of amputation and pillow talk played out amid a magnificent assemblage of gewgaws and gimcracks In the aisles pranksters never settled the great debate between itching powder and sneezing powder. The stock clerks favored his action items but my checklist was supreme. In the hubbub the constable was so flummoxed he put the kibosh on the kabob sellers and bamboozlers. Contrast smartly the superior gamesmanship of Chico and the boy allowing them to extricate the harpsichord from the estuary. The hobos condemned the blubber display in the town square while at the same time admiring its primordial qualities by stealth At headquarters not even Zeus, Napoleon and Trump could restructure the postal rates for the next fiscal year.
Returning to my random lists of books on my shelf after several years. I had to pause for a while after several moves that put my library into a state of of upheaval. After moving from out of a house with built in bookshelves, I've had to keep my books stacked and double shelved on small shelves or stuffed in liquor boxes sitting in an attic. I've finally been able to build shelves in my current house and see my books again. Since then, I've also inherited books from both my parents who have passed away in the last few years.
Write it Yourself - Part II
One of my first lists were books about diaries and journals including one of the most famous diarist - Samuel Pepys. Write It Yourself - Part I
Diaries, journals, logs, notebooks -- may be for an audience of one to recording daily life or possibly as a record moments in history. Diaries cover the widest spectrum of human experience -- the drama of war (Guadalcanal Diary or the introspective thoughts of a romantic like the seven volume Diary of Anais Nin). Journeys are a large sub-genre of journals and within that there is the sub-sub genre of ship's logs. I have a soft spot for diaries. I've kept a journal since I was 18 thanks to a high school graduation gift. I also inherited a diary from my paternal grandfather during his time as a second lieutenant in the US Army in WWI and a log book from my material grandfather recording his 1919 cross country drive across the country.
Here's a few of those on my shelves:
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), by David Sedaris (2017). Diary of the humorist and writer David Sedaris from his early college days to his days become an established writer. Bought new at an airport bookstore.
Guadalcanal Diary, Richard Tregaskis (1943). Embedded with the U.S. Marines Tregaskis tell story of the U.S. Marines fighting the Japanese in 1942. Bought used at the State Department book store. Library stamp from Russell C. Heater. Dust jacket encourages readers to buy War Bonds.
Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 (McGraw Hill 1950). Boswell was 20-something young man in London seeking a commission in the Queen's Guard. Lots of meals, connections, and debauchery. Inherited from my mother's library.
The Nagle Journal: A Diary of the Life of Jacob Nagle, Sailor from the year 1775 to 1841 (1988).
Nagle joined the British Navy at the time of the American Revolution
and served in American waters, later fought with Commodore Nelson's
fleet during the Napoleonic Wars. His adventures took him to India,
China and Australia. He died peacefully at the age of 80 in Canton,
Ohio. Excellent color plates illustrating the era Nagle served.
Bought used but can't remember where. A sample of one of the several ships logs from my library the subject of an earlier blog: http://compulsivelyaimless.blogspot.com/search?q=nagle
The Diary of Anais Nin, Vols. 1-6 (1931-1966)(1976). Born in Paris she wrote about art, love affairs and observations about the world. Inherited from my mother.
Notebooks 1942-1951, Albert Camus.
Nobel laureate Camus kept journals of his ideas and outlines of his future books. Covers the period of German occupation of Paris during which Camus was part of the underground resistance. Bought used at the State Department book store.
The Reagan Diaries, Ronald Reagan (2007). Edited by Douglas Brinkley, the diary covers the date of the Reagan's first day in office January 20, 1981 until his last, January 20, 1989. Reveals his personal reactions to Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II and Margaret Thatcher. Christmas gift.
The Journals Of Francis Parkman (Vols. I and II)(1947). Parkman was a historian and adventurer who traveled the back country of New England, Canada, the Great Lakes, Europe and the American west. His journals served as the basis for The Oregon Trail. Can't recall where I bought them-- a used book store, possibly one in Amherst, MA.