In Search of the Classics


"Hi. I am a loyal Moleskine user and a frequent reader of your site….

I am also a former gadget geek. I thought I always needed the most recent
PDA, and planning application to meet all my needs. I threw away lots of money
and carried a lot of electronics around, till one day I realized that the stuff
I was using was merely toys, not serious organizational tools. It was at that
time I had my analog revolution. I gave up the digital for a purely analog
solution. At first I tried Franklin Covey paper systems, but I found them too
confining. They are design to meet the needs of corporate flunkies, not
non-profit street level stuff.  It was then that I stumbled upon the simple
black notebooks and designed a system that has been perfect for my needs.
I use a large black cahier to track projects and necessary next steps and
tasks, a large moleskine daily planner to record appointments and day specific
info, and finally I am never without a small graph paper moleskine (turned
sideways) to capture the daily thoughts and ideas. For the first time I have a
self-designed system that meets all my needs, and I can see a noticeable
difference in my productivity.
Since my analog revolution I am becoming obsessed with curiosity about what
other areas of my life I need to simplify. One day while staring at the
Moleskine history card inside a freshly unwrapped book, I begun to ask myself
what else besides the notebook would Hemmingway use? What other high quality
consumable items of classic nature are out there waiting to be discovered?  Now
that I have been introduced to the small utilitarian black notebooks, I am on
the look out for other classic utilitarian high quality staples of daily life. 
Is there a moleskine equivalent in the world of clothes, furniture, stationary,
etc etc.
Any ideas?
Jake L.

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8 Responses to In Search of the Classics

  1. Joy says:

    I’m sure there are equivalents–especially if you follow the dictum of William Morris:

    ‘Have nothing in your home you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’

  2. IL Postino says:

    I just rediscovered beeswax candles. They are goooood.

  3. Steve says:

    Don’t forget the good ol’ #2 pencil (a tool I’m sure Hemingway and other writers used frequently). Check out the Pencil Revolution site:

  4. Oxhead says:

    As for the “aesthetics of base utility,” as I call it, I think I’m the only homeowner on my block who hasn’t bought himself an electric screwdriver.

  5. mike says:

    zippo lighter is a must

  6. >what else besides the notebook would Hemmingway use?

    Booze. Lots of booze.

  7. W.M. Sarf says:

    Rifle cartridges, pistol cartridges, shotgun cartridges…

    Fishhooks. Photos of fellow authors, for dartboard use.

    But did he REALLY use a moleskine? Or even a moleskin?

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