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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 Stories on Pinterest

I’ve been posting less frequently here lately, due to some time constraints, but I’m still always searching for interesting notebooks! If you are hungry for notebook eye candy in between blog posts, please make sure you also follow me on Pinterest. Lots of beautiful notebook pages and other good stuff.

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The Mystery of 148 Lost Notebooks

This is an extraordinary story. But I hope it doesn’t happen to me someday!

The 148 diaries below were found in a dumpster. Many years later, a biographer named Alexander Masters tries to decipher the writer’s identity from their contents… to say any more would be a spoiler. It’s a must read!
Read more at: Diary of a somebody: could I solve the mystery of 148 lost notebooks? | Books | The Guardian

The full story will be available in book form in the US later this year: A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in the Trash

Photographers’ Sketchbooks

Here’s another book I’ve been thinking about adding to my collection: Photographers’ Sketchbooks.

Since it’s photography, not all of the “sketchbooks” are traditional paper ones, though a couple are shown below.

From the review linked below:

“This book is comprised of over 500 illustrated pages featuring the tangible objects that help these photographers realize their visions. From the traditional Polaroid, to the more common iPhone test shots, the book showcases more than just on-site documentation. In addition to the visuals, each chapter begins with text about and from the photographer represented. Mechanics aside, Photographers’ Sketchbooks shows the diverse range of visual material photographers keep on hand to observe, record, and inspire. Found photos, collages of various imagery, contact sheets, and diaries all funnel into some stage of the creative process from concept to execution, presentation, and editing. Many of the series shown are works in progress, a fitting theme for book on process.”

Read more at  A Look Inside ‘Photographers’ Sketchbooks’ – Feature Shoot.

Artists’ Diaries at the Smithsonian

I was in Washington DC over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and thanks to a tip from a reader, I went to one of the Smithsonian museums to see a cool little exhibit on artists’ diaries: A Day in the Life: Artists’ Diaries from the Archives of American Art. It’s not a huge exhibition, and the lighting and glass cases can make it difficult to actually read the diaries they have on display, but it’s well worth seeing nonetheless. Here’s some photos I snapped:

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There was another fascinating exhibition right next door on the artist James Castle. He was a self-taught artist who used whatever scraps of paper he had around the house to draw on. These two works kind of fit the notebook theme!

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The diaries exhibit will be on display until Feb. 28, 2015 in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery, inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at 8th and F Streets, NW– it’s in the same building as the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Open daily 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Lee Ann Spillane

This week’s addict is another one found via the excellent Sharing Our Notebooks blog. Lee Ann Spillane is a teacher who has been keeping notebooks since she was very young. She says:

“I love to learn and think and draw and write. As I child I wanted to remember things. I used to sit on the floor of our living room flipping through photo albums: remembering. Later, I wrote stories about the images I remembered in my diaries and journals.  I’ve kept journals—or idea books or a writer’s notebook—since I was young.  I don’t have them all, thankfully as they are getting to be something of a storage issue.”

From the photo below, it looks like she’s doing a good job with storage so far, but I can see that she might start running out of room!


Make sure you read the full post at Sharing Our Notebooks: Lee Ann Spillane: Living Life Twice for lots more photos and great info about Lee Ann’s note-taking methods.

Palimpsest’s Stationery Store Series

The blogger at Palimpsest does us all a great service with a fantastic series of posts about favorite stationery shops around the world, mostly in Europe. Each is well-documented with photos:

Evripidis in Athens, Greece:

Pen to Paper in Brighton, UK:

I love visiting stationery shops when I travel. Even though the major brands like Moleskine and Clairefontaine are globally ubiquitous, there are always some local gems that you won’t see just anywhere. I’d love to compile a list of the best places to buy notebooks in countries around the world– please share your favorites in the comments!

Random Giveaway!

Today, I just feel like giving away some notebooks. What the heck! I’m going to put together a lovely little surprise package for one lucky winner who I’ll randomly select from anyone who comments on this post by the deadline of Friday May 3, 11:59 EST. Feel free to spread the word via social media, but it’s not required to enter this time. Good luck everyone!

I Wish I Could Have Gone…

There was an auction last week for all kinds of interesting stuff including a “Large Lot of Diaries, Notebooks & Memo Pads.” I wonder who bought them!

Antiques and the Arts Auction Listing — Rare Books, Paper & Ephemera Auction Olde Tyme Stuffe, Inc. 54 Suffolk Street Worcester MA 01604 Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm.