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 thoughts on “In Search of the Classics

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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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