Note-taking and Myth-making

I have two notebooks with me on this journey. One is slim and black and clamps its own pages shut with an elastic belt. Attached to the spine is a woven cloth bookmark and in the back is an elegantly engineered pocket for loose slips of paper; included here is a history of the famous little black book to which I will return presently. The other – the one into which I am entering these words – is slightly bulkier, is encased in translucent plastic and comes with its own inkless pen which slots invisibly into its body.

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The two items which have accompanied me to Paris are in some ways both small icons of an age: the Moleskine ruled notebook and the Handspring Visor, a handheld computer which I use to expand my brain’s rather limited memory capacity. I’m in France’s capital for a day or so, mostly waiting for trains to take me elsewhere, and this is rather fitting since Henri Matisse was apparently also a fan of the Moleskine notebook. Heaven knows what he used it for; this is of course the territory of myth-making, so one might imagine our friend Henri using the leaves of his own to sketch down a few ideas for ‘Bathers by a River’. But who knows, I’ve never seen his notebooks. It’s tempting to believe that every gesture of a great artist is a direct expression of genius; every picked nostril, every rolled-up and lazily ejected ball of snot an artistic statement of incomparable significance. Matisse probably excreted better art before breakfast than most will produce in a lifetime, but I’m more inclined to believe that he used his own Moleskine to write shopping lists with: “Buy milk, bread, cheese, tube of ultramarine blue”.

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Originally posted 3.3.04

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