Thursday, 28 March 2013

On Moleskines




"The world of stationery obsession is a deep rabbit hole. Some claim to find Moleskines too déclassé and mainstream, and instead prefer the all-American minimalism of Field Notes, or the more obscure cachet of Moleskine's older German rival, Leuchtturm 1917. Scientists have yet to determine whether using a Leuchtturm is likely to make your prose style more like Scholepenhauer's. But the important thing, as with a Moleskine, is just to make sure people notice you are writing in it."


Read more 
Calling on Moleskine fetishists - you may get a share in Hemingway
by Steven Poole
in the Guardian, 8 March 2013

4 comments:

  1. Well...

    I find Moleskines quite subdued, not flashy. Now, about writing on them, good luck! Especially if using a fountain pen.

    I graduated from them long ago. There are many other options at much cheaper prices and much better paper quality.

    Thanks for your active blogging.

    BT

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  2. Thanks for the post and link, Palimpsest. " . . . [D]eep rabbit hole" is a little ungenerous, I think. I'd like to think stationery "enthusiasm" rather than "obsession". Eye of the beholder, maybe.

    I'm with Bruno on this. I have a Zequenz bound notebook from Thailand, and regularly use Global Quattro (the company's spelling) detachable-sheet memo books from Malaysia. My understanding (I could be wrong) is that both are attempts to add value to Asian-made art papers. Both are superbly made and moderately priced in the States. (Don't know about UK and Continental availability.)

    Bruno, any suggestions on what you graduated to?

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  3. Agreed about the Moleskine hype. I use A6 reporters notebooks from Sainsbury's which cost me 75p each on a closeout, and they are superior in nearly every way to the Mole. The only thing I would change is the material used for the cover, which tends to show fingerprints. That is all.

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  4. Mole, I suppose, deserves credit for expanding the market for thoughtfully designed, premium-priced pocket stationery. If my memory's okay, the States were filled with junk notebooks that were all but unusable. Pocket three-ring binders that fit no pocket. Shop notebooks with uncoated covers that became quickly sweat-soaked.

    I did have something called the Wilson Buddy, Jr., a detachable-sheet, pocketable memo pad with a nearly indestructible plastic slip cover. Discontinued.

    BTW-that's my anonymous post above. Jack/USA

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