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David Sedaris’ Diaries

David Sedaris has a new book out called Theft By Finding, which contains entries from diaries he’s kept from 40 years, including while he was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago. The diaries themselves are quite interesting– he made many of them himself and decorated the covers:

Read more at: David Sedaris: The IHOP Years – The New Yorker



From the In-Box

Catching up on various tips  and questions people have sent in!

From S, a link to an old episode of Fresh Air Weekend:
‘Let’s Explore’: David Sedaris On His Public Private Life: The best-selling author and humorist has kept journals for 36 years. Those diaries have been the jumping-off point for the personal essays that appear in his collections, including Me Talk Pretty One Day and now Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.

From Mike, a story about what may be the world’s biggest diary:


Meet Mr. John Gadd, 83, of Fontmell Magna in Great Britain. He keeps a diary. He keeps the most incredible diary I have ever heard of. It is huge,  as in 21,000 pages, filling 151 volumes, and also contains some 33,000 photos and ephemera. The diary dates back 66 years to 1947 and contains some four million pages.


From another Mike:

“I am trying to find the maker of a sketchbook that had a blue (or gray – they made both) with a black binding. They came in standard sizes but the size I’m looking for is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. I bought them from New York Central Art Supply in NYC and they no longer carry them nor could they tell me who made them. Any ideas?”
The closest thing I could think of might be these sketchbooks, which come in a gray color with a black edging, though they are bound with wire.

Holbein Multimedia Books, Gray
Rowland asks “sometime ago I saw an interesting notebook which I think was made in Hong Kong.  It consisted of a single A3 sheet whihc ingeniously folded into an A6/Moleskine sort of size.

I think he means this sketchbook called “Spaces for Ideas

Don shares these photos of an old notebook he found at an estate sale:

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Jade invites you to visit her Etsy shop:
“As well as notebooks, I sell origami paper, greeting cards, postcards and bookmarks all featuring patterns I’ve designed.”
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Tips from Readers

More from my inbox:

A tip from M:

“I have issues with the binding cracking/splitting on my Moleskines.  The solution – black duct tape.  Check out the photo.  Works great and doesn’t look too bad.”


Peter shares some sketchbook pages and a tip on transfering art to notebook pages:

“Just wanted to give you some of the insides of my drawing journal. this is a Daycraft  Signature Sketchbook that I got for about US$6.
not sure if this is expensive or not but I just love the leather like cover.
Anyway just submitting some pages inside. I just discovered from another website on how to transfer nice images using an inkjet printer & transparencies.
You just get the image that you want, go to photoshop & reverse or flip the image horizontal. You need to do this because you are doing something similar to a T-shirt print on. After reversing the image you just print it onto the transparencies (ordinary ones, not the ones for inkjet printers). The ones designed for inkjet printers will have the ink dry when it comes our from the printer. You want the ones without the chemical layer so that the ink will transfer to your notebook page. Once printed just let it settle for a few seconds then insert into your notebook, close the covers & press!”
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Erik at Notes From the Road shares some of his travel journals:
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Jim Rugg, whose notebook drawings I featured here, has more artwork you’ll enjoy:
“I have a Flickr set with a bunch of notebook drawings here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimrugg/sets/72157627466260413/”
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Former Addict of the Week LizAnne’s tio:
“I just finished reading David Sedaris’ new book “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls“. In it there is a lovely story about his relationship to his diary. It is called “Day In, Day Out”.”
Thanks to everyone for the great info!