"Paper snobs, we’ve long appreciated its plain, sturdy cover that can handle
being roughed around, its thick pages that take the ink of even a difficult pen
and, yes, the horizontal entry spaces for each day. Along with its perfectly
palmable shape, about the size of a PDA — which, incidentally, I resolved to
use last year, but after two weeks of missed appointments, relegated to a box of
dated electronics — the elastic around the pages, and the handy back pocket, it
was by all accounts the perfect planner.
The full impact on us of the words "new layout" on the packaging was not
fully realized until my sister flipped one open.
The horizontal entries that we were so used to writing in had been replaced
with a skinny columnar format. "What? Why? How? Who writes that tiny?"
Our shocked reaction was no surprise to the waiting store clerks. In fact, it
seems that in matters of stationery, this is an old fight. As Peter Laywine,
owner of Laywine’s, put it, "It’s either switch or bitch."