The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook


The Art of Manliness discusses the tradition of note-keeping through the years in a blog post by Brett and Kate McKay.

"No matter what profession you find yourself in, the most essential function of the pocket notebook is to provide a place to capture the ideas that spring to mind throughout the day. You may get a business idea, an insight into something you or a loved one has been struggling with, or hear a quote you wish to record. Even though you feel sure in the moment that you’ll be able to remember these thoughts when you get home, every one of us has experienced the agony of realizing later that an idea is utterly gone from our minds and that no amount of mental gymnastics can bring it back…"


(Thanks to Anthony L. Stevens)

3 thoughts on “The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook

  1. I have this problem all the time. I have an idea for either a personal project or there’s some person I see downtown that captures my interest. Charles Bukowski would take his to a bar (according to legend). Point is, you never know what can happen. Of course you can text it into your handy dandy portable device, but physically writing your thoughts into a pocket notebook has a so antiquated and I daresay “romantic” feel to it. Pocket Moleskines were made for this.

  2. If you read the article it says how Moleskine have created a fad of notebook carrying.
    Just thought it was ironic that this site has posted an article on it.
    I created this blog as a record of all things Moleskine, good or otherwise.:)
    – Armand

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