This week’s addict is Joshua Blevins Peck, a librarian, writer, musician and photographer who has amassed quite a collection of notebooks all devoted to one topic– recording all the movies he watches, over 4000 of them so far! I’d say he’s a movie addict as well as a notebook addict.
Here’s what Joshua has to say about the source of his notebook addiction:
“I watch a lot of movies and in 1998 decided to keep track of every movie I watched that year, while writing short reviews, tracking what city I saw it in, who I saw it with and numerous other stats I enter into its pages. I called the project Kinetoscope as a nod to early film history. 18 years later and I’m still doing it! I’ve logged over 4,000 films seen in 59 cities, in 10 countries and with 129 different people. My notebook of choice has been quite varied over the years, but in 2016 I discovered the Hobonichi Techo and with its amazing Tomoe River paper perfectly blending with my fountain pens–it will be my notebook of choice as I continue onward with my addiction.”
Thanks for sharing your addiction, Joshua!
Found this via a great tip from commenter Johan– Ingmar Bergman’s notebook kept during the filming of Persona in 1965:
Source: Archival object of the day | Ingmar Bergman
Remember that cinematic masterpiece Plan 9 From Outer Space? The director Ed Wood’s notebooks are being auctioned, along with other papers and personal items and the suitcases and trunks they were stored in. Act fast, bidding is only open through March 18, 2015!
Read more at Ed Wood Personal Items Hit the Auction Block | Rolling Stone.
A while back, I posted about some notebooks that appear in the Tintin books. I also just caught a glimpse of one during the first few minutes of the Tintin movie! I haven’t watched the whole thing yet, and I’m hoping more notebooks will make an appearance. This one looks like a Moleskine reporter notebook.
See this recent post for more reader suggestions about notebooks in movies.
Just in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere, I had to post this photo from an article in Vanity Fair, displaying the notebook collection of the late John Hughes, the creator of all those memorable 1980’s teen films such as Pretty in Pink. I first came across it at Pocket Blonde, and two readers also emailed me to make sure I’d seen it! (Thanks!)
If you look closely at the upper edge of the image, just left of center, you’ll see two of the Northern Central Co. memorandum books I reviewed in this post.
What a great looking collection. I wish I could identify more of the brands, but I’ll bet a lot of them are long-gone from stores…
I watched this movie the other night and was incredibly disappointed. I loved Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and thought Charlie Kaufman could do no wrong, but this movie was just a boring, overwrought, trying-too-hard downer as far as I was concerned.
But there were a couple of scenes where I couldn’t help perking up at glimpses of notebooks! You can see one image of torn out notebook pages here:
I don’t remember what he was writing on those pages… and frankly, I don’t care enough to watch the movie again to find out!
“I like to have my notebooks with all the crossings out.”
This quote was from an article about the French writer-actors Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri. I’ve seen a couple of their films, and recommend them: The Taste of Others and Look at Me. Here’s how they work:
Though Jaoui directs their films, the process is still collaborative. “I deal with technical stuff, but I don’t make artistic decisions unless Jean-Pierre is in agreement.” As for the writing, they still do it longhand, side by side on a sofa, going through their scripts line by line. “We’re not really computer people,” says Jaoui. “I like to have my notebooks with all the crossings out.”
I have to agree– I’ve used and continue to use electronic organizers in addition to notebooks, and each have their benefits, but there is something to be said about seeing all those old crossed-out things: tasks accomplished, former homes, events in the past– they all form a sort of history of our lives, and when you record things on paper, you can go back and remember everywhere you’ve been, everything you’ve done. On an electronic screen, it’s just not the same.