Mysterious HOM Notebook

Every so often, I’ll see a new brand of notebook that interests me, but I don’t feel like spending money on it. I usually snap a photo or write down the brand name, and then look it up online to find out more. Below is a photo I took of a notebook found several months […]

This Week’s Theme: Old Notebooks from Boorum & Pease

I thought it would be fun to have a whole week of posts about an old brand of notebooks that used to be ubiquitous and now has become almost– but not quite— extinct: Boorum and Pease. They started out as an independent manufacturer of blank books based in Brooklyn, but since then, they’ve been absorbed […]

Weather Notebook

A neat little article in the New York Times about amateur weather trackers. You can read it online here, but the photos only appear in print: That is quite a dense page of notes!

Update from Notebook Stories HQ

I am happy to report that my notebooks and I are safely high and dry in Brooklyn, but some of the rest of the city isn’t so lucky. What a terrible storm this has turned out to be, with horrible flooding, fires, power outages and trees falling. I’m not sure when I’ll next be able […]

Red Horseshoe Paper

Keep an eye out for these funky notebooks in your favorite gift or stationery shop! I spotted some at Cog & Pearl in Brooklyn a while back… They’re very cute, smaller than the usual cahier-type notebook. See more at Red Horseshoe Paper, notebooks, journals, labels, stationery, diaries, notepads, tattoos, palmistry and more.

Oversized Matchbook Notepads

These are a bit different from the kinds of notebooks that usually interest me, but I thought they were pretty cool when I saw them recently in a store in Brooklyn called Nova Zembla. They’re about 5 x 7″, with a metal cover. You can also buy them online at this site: UncommonGoods.

Notebook Trivia: Boorum & Pease Building

There’s an interesting little neighborhood here in Brooklyn called Vinegar Hill– it’s a bit off the beaten path, but worth a short walk from nearby DUMBO to feel like you’re in a bit of a timewarp, and to have dinner at the Vinegar Hill House! The area was just featured on the “Forgotten New York” […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Brooklyn Artist James Cospito

Here’s a nice image from Flickr, from someone who’s obviously a notebook addict! There are Moleskines, of course, but I think I also see a HandBook Journal and a Rhodia Webnotebook in there. You can see the artist’s work here. The photo was taken at the 13th annual D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival® (Sept […]

Colm Toibin’s Notebook

Here’s a notebook belonging to the Irish writer Colm Toibin, whose latest novel, “Brooklyn,” has just been published: He wrote “Brooklyn” while teaching at Stanford, and this spring, in little more than a month, he turned out two book reviews and a 10,000-word short story, the first thing he has written on a computer. He […]