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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



Notebook Addict of the Week: Allie (again)

This week’s addict is back for a second time in the spotlight. The last time I featured her collection, she was only 14 and might have had the highest notebook count to age ratio of anyone I’ve featured. I think this may still be true!


In her own words:

I’m Allie, now 15 years old, going on 16 this April. I just wanted to update you about my still growing collection. When I submitted the photo to you, it ranged only about 80+, and now I’m up to 130+. It’s great that I’ve managed to stop buying notebooks impulsively, but my collection is continuously growing due to my friends giving them to me as gifts and my parents bringing one or two home from their trips abroad.

These notebooks vary from really expensive to really cheap, and around 2/3 or half of my collection is still unused. My school notebooks are decorated by yours truly, but I’m not so sure if my teachers are exactly on board with that (even though the school year’s almost over).image_3

And my darling boyfriend doesn’t even reprimand me for having “too much notebooks” like everybody says. On the contrary, I think he actually encourages it. He got me these two handwoven ones last Christmas, plus a pretty big box of chocolates. I especially love the one with the birds. He knows (I think) how much I love birds.
And then lastly, my art journal. This is where I usually doodle when I’m bored. This is where I do my mixed media practice, calligraphy or even just handwriting practice, and sometimes I add in a few random facts about me. (written with my glorious manual typewriter my mom got me for Christmas.)





Wow. I love not just the collection, but all her creativity in filling and decorating these notebooks! (Beautiful handwriting too!) Thanks for sharing your ever-growing addiction, Allie!

Notebook Addict of the Week (again): Kara

She’s baaaack! Kara was our notebook addict of the week back in April, and she’s sent me some follow-up photos of her collection in its current state:


Kara says

“This past week I had a day off and decided to group all of my journals from every corner of the house to see what kind of damage I have actually done over the past 22 years. The scale of the collection was a little shocking even to myself, and I just wanted to share it with somebody who I know would appreciate it and not just think i was crazy! As a bonus, I added a picture of some of my collage-covered composition books.”

This is an impressive and awesome collection! Even more so when you take into account Kara’s age: 22! I’m twice her age, and I’m sure I haven’t filled that many journals. Thank you for sharing even more of your addiction, Kara!