Thanks for setting up the site. I’ve contemplated whether I wanted to join this community. A part of me has always been put off by Moleskine users who are part of the fashion glitterati and parade with their notebooks as a badge of honour.
I am somewhat uncomfortable with the idea of an elitist mentality adopted by users of a black book with an attached rubber band. I mean, it’s a notebook for God’s sake! Paper! Cardboard!
So I played silent observer.
The recent thread on ‘Why We Write,’ demands a response. Here’s why:
I’m a photographer. Not a great one but a decent one. And often, people are focused so much on gear gear gear (Ohh! I’ve got an all-singing, all-dancing Canon EOS1Ds along with a USM 17–35 F2.8 L lens! I’m eyeing the Leica MP and the 35 F2 Aspherical Summicron!). So much so that the heart of the art, the IMAGE, is often ignored.
The same goes with this love for Moleskines. We caress and drool and rave. We talk about what pencil should be used with it. We talk about the feeling it elicits in us. We talk about the convenient little pocket that’s so cool. But we don’t talk about the WORDS we put in it.
My Moleskine, a small pocket diary with a lined page for each day, serves as a reminder for promises I make to myself, to God, to people. It has bits and pieces of daily life. Half baked ideas for short stories, poems, feature films that may never be completed. Snippets of conversation. Sketches for a photo exhibition. Grocery list. To do lists with tiny little squares that I tick off when the task is complete.
On the other hand, my boss here at a publishing company, uses his to jot down letters to authors/printers/et al, ideas for his publishing class, draft copy for blurbs on books, etc. He previously bought a palmtop with an attached keyboard and never took to it. The Moleskine is a symbol of his resistance to the digital age. Whilst the HP collects dust, the black book soldiers on.
The Moleskine has become a companion in my daily grind.
It’s a catalogue of my life.
Shawn Low is a Singaporean currently living and working in Melbourne, Australia.
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