Cheap Notebooks at Barnes & Noble

Spotted at a B&N: bargain priced Piccadilly notebooks (medium size only) and a prompted journal/sketchbook, obviously modeled on Wreck This Journal. These were in the bargain book section, along with some other low-priced sketchbooks and journals, separate from the stationery/art supply/full-priced journal section of the store.

Journal Junky

It’s always cool to see someone turn their love of notebooks into a business: “Nicole Watkins knows firsthand that faithfully writing in a journal can change your life. “I’ve been journaling since I was a little girl. I loved that connection between the hand and the mind and writing would always get me through sad […]

Anders Nilsen’s Sketchbook Art

This was an exciting find from the LA Times website: Anders Nilsen’s sketchbook art “Anders Nilsen is called a comics artist, but that’s not exactly what he does. Yes, his books are visual, but  Nilsen seems at times to be about the deconstruction of form itself in favor of a purer style of storytelling, gathering […]

Basquiat Notebooks

I was so excited several months ago when I heard there would be a big exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum all about Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks. I’d seen some of the images of the notebooks and pages and thought it sounded really cool, but then I read that the notebooks had been carefully disassembled so the […]

In Praise of Wear and Tear

From a lovely essay about appreciating the worn, torn, lived-in-ness of books and notebooks, the “messiness of creation”: “For about fifteen years now I have been keeping a notebook, or multiple notebooks actually, ostensibly with the intention of jotting down ideas or thoughts before they escape off into the ether. Occasionally these thoughts result in […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Ben Hatke

This week’s addict is Ben Hatke, creator of the ‘Zita the Spacegirl‘ series. In a guest post at GeekDad, he talks about the importance of sketchbooks in his creative process: “I can’t stress enough the importance of sketchbooks in my creative work. I think one of the most important things that anyone with an interest […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Suz Blackaby

This week’s addict is another discovery via Sharing Our Notebooks. Suz Blackaby is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for children. She’s laid out quite a collection of notebooks on this table! And yet she says she still resorts to jotting things on envelopes and napkins…   “So when it comes to notebooks, it […]

A Bookshelf-Builder’s Notebook

I love notebook pages with measurements and plans! I found this one accompanying an excerpt from Nina MacLaughlin’s memoir Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter: “…the story of MacLaughlin’s journey out of a drag-and-click job at a newspaper and into a carpentry apprenticeship. In this section MacLaughlin strikes out on her own to craft […]

Moleskine Monday: Chuck Palahniuk Relies on Them… But Burns Them!

Spotted in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, among Chuck Palahniuk’s list of favorite things:   “I rely on Moleskine notebooks. I just fell into the habit—they’re so nice looking. I was in Madrid last summer, and found they had them in all these neon colors—wild bright reds and yellows—that I can’t find in Portland [Ore.], […]

Ines de la Fressange Collects Notebooks

I just subscribed to a newsletter from French style icon Ines de la Fressange, in which she recommends various finds– mostly clothing, beauty products and housewares, etc., but I was also happy to spot this plug for a French bookshop that apparently has a great selection of notebooks! It’ll be on my list of place […]