"This is Moleskinerie, a blog dedicated to the
proposition that not all notebooks are created equal. Its impeccable
provenance notwithstanding this site will talk more about the places
and adventures, life’s little dramas and other forgettable events that
otherwise would have been lost were it not scrawled between the pages
of these little black books.
Moleskine is not my obsession, it’s an attitude. I use other journals also. This site is not here to pontificate. It just is.
So, writers, travelers, artistes, dreamers and all – welcome to Moleskinerie!"
January 12, 2004
The temptation of paper. Awhile back Dervala wrote about being wooed by
the Moleskine notebook. So when I was in San Francisco this past
weekend and in search of a journal, I was delighted to come upon a
shelf of Moleskines at the never-fails-you Cliff’s Variety in the
Castro. There were pocket-size books and larger, real-book-size books.
Lined, squared, pocketed and blank pages. All in the telltale black
leather with built-in ribbon bookmark and elastic band to keep the
treasures inside safe and snug, just as Dervala had described. I
snapped one up immediately. And now, I’m addicted.
So addicted that I’m tempted to not blog.
I can tell my Moleskine everything. The things I did over New
Year’s? The Moleskine knows it all. But I wouldn’t dare write about
that here. Titillating tidbits, perhaps, but not the whole enchilada.
Too spicy for prime time.
And I’ve rediscovered the satisfaction of putting pen–pen that
leaves my fingers achy and inky–to paper, and creating something
lasting and tangible. I’m so into it that I’m making a concerted effort
to write legibly for once. This keyboard stuff has been death for my
penmanship. But Moleskine is bringing out the letter-artist in me. I’m
having fun adding flourishes to my big, bold capital D’s and P’s,
dotting my i’s just so–with real dots! Crossing my t’s singly or
doubly, those sharp vertical lines begging for embellishment.
This is w-r-i-t-i-n-g. This is my brain in print.
Plus, since I got the blank notebook, I can draw pretty
pictures, which I did the other day, probably for the first time since
I left college and my classroom notes full of squiggles and doodles. I
sat in bed with a mini service of hot green tea at my side, and I
sketched the cups and the portly pot with its double spouts breathing
steam. And it actually came out looking like a little teapot, short and
Keyboard be damned."
"Moleskinerie is a journal devoted to these fetish notebooks and the jottings they invite.
This is the kind of nonsense I can really get behind. I filled four of the
large, lined Moleskines with travel notes last year, used a small one for to-do
lists, and finally ditched all the handheld electronica for a Moleskine address
book and a Uniball. Gadget pushers, bless their hearts, have no idea just how
tethering their toys are."
Dervala 1. 26. 04
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