Bob Dylan’s Secret Notebooks

“For years, Bob Dylan scholars have whispered about a tiny notebook, seen by only a few, in which the master labored over the lyrics to his classic 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.” Rolling Stone once called it “the Maltese Falcon of Dylanology” for its promise as an interpretive key. But that notebook, it turns […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Kim

This week’s addict sent me an email about her notebook addiction: “The name is Kim and I have been an notebook addict unofficially since 1996 but officially since 2001. When I discovered this website it made me realize I am not alone out there and people understand the obsession these magical books posses! One of […]

Tuli Kupferberg’s Notebooks

I liked the look of the notebooks in the image below, from a rare book dealer’s listing of the “Kupferberg and Topp Collection”:   The Kupferberg and Topp Collection reflects Tuli’s literary, musical, artistic, and political career, as well as Tuli and Sylvia’s publishing work with Birth Press and theatrical work with the Revolting Theater. […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Arif

Arif wrote to me from Turkey, where he has amassed this collection of notebooks:   Quite a wide variety, and I love how beat up some of those spiral notebooks look! Thanks for sharing your addiction, Arif!

How Did Your Notebook Collection Start?

A reader named Marjorie wrote to ask how my notebook collection started. It’s hard for me to remember exactly, because I’ve loved notebooks since before I can even remember! My parents have said that when I was about 3, I was already folding pieces of paper in to little booklets to scribble on. A few […]

An Unusual 1980s Spiral Notebook

This notebook is one of the gems of my collection because I’ve never seen anything else quite like it. I must have bought this in the early 80s, at one of the various five-and-ten stores in my area. It’s just a generic mass-produced notebook. But this cover just fascinates me! There is something so weird […]

Reader Week Notebook Addict of the Week: Nathan

This week’s addict sent me a link to his blog post “Serious Notebook Addict,” where he displays these and other photos: Yep, Nathan’s got a problem! Here’s what’s in his current collection: 3 Large Moleskine Cahiers (although these are being sold in a couple of days) 7 Composition Notebooks 3 Medium Moleskine Black Cahiers 1 […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Missy

This week’s Addict emailed me this photo of her stash– I love the variety, from simple spiral notebooks and composition books to large journals and looseleaf binders. (It’s interesting how some notebook addicts have a lot of repetition of the same notebooks, and others use many different kinds…) Here’s what Missy had to say: I […]