Writers on Keeping Diaries and Journals

Some great quotes about journal-keeping, from a variety of writers, including the ones below: “People who keep journals have life twice.” – Jessamyn West   “The diary taught me that it is in the moments of emotional crisis that human beings reveal themselves most accurately. I learned to choose the heightened moments because they are […]

Phil’s Stationery, NYC

Phil’s Stationery is a gem– assuming you like messy, dusty, old-school office supply stores, that is! I’d never heard of it until a few weeks ago when I happened to meet someone for lunch nearby and saw this amazing sign: There are so few stores like this left in NYC, especially in what must be […]

Random Giveaway Winners!

So many great responses to this post! I loved hearing from you all. I decided to increase the number of winners from 5 to 7! Here are the winning comments: # 8 Judy H: First, being in Helena, MT there is not much ‘shopping’ for notebooks here. So I read to find out what I […]

Jazz Green’s Sketchbooks

Some gorgeous sketchbook pages from artist Jazz Green:   See more at her website: sketchbooks | J A Z Z G R E E N Save

A Notebook with a Link to Van Gogh?

I was trying to find online images of Van Gogh’s small sketchbooks (the supposed “moleskines”) when I found the images below. The notebook pictured did not belong to Van Gogh, but was rather a sort of logbook kept at a cafe in Arles that Van Gogh visited. The notebook has been cited as evidence for […]

Moleskine Monday: Cartoon

Spotted in a recent issue of the New Yorker: It’s funny, but also kind of a shame that writing in a notebook in a public place has to be seen as pretentious…

Notebook Addict of the Week: Abigoliah Schamaun

British comedian Abigoliah Schamaun has done 2000 comedy gigs, and filled lots of notebooks with her material. She talks about them below, accompanied by photographs by her boyfriend Tom Watts: “…I’ve written jokes and setlists into vast numbers of notebooks. I have a notebook on me at all times. They are my security blanket. It […]

Smelly Notebooks

Is smell ever a factor in your notebook usage? I’ve tested a few notebooks over the years that had distinctive odors, sometimes pleasant, sometimes not. When I reviewed the Rendr Sketchbook, one of the first things I noticed about it was a strong chemical smell, although it faded after unwrapping. One Moleskine I bought on […]