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You can’t turn any direction on the web these days without bumping into the Moleskine phenomenon.  I have been trying to figure out what makes people turn into such fanatics about them, after all they are just notepads, right?  Steve Makofsky of Furrygoat Experience fame (as […]

MoleskineYou can’t turn any direction on the web these days without bumping into the Moleskine phenomenon.  I have been trying to figure out what makes people turn into such fanatics about them, after all they are just notepads, right?  Steve Makofsky of Furrygoat Experience fame (as well as others) took pity on my Moleskine ignorance and sent me an extra one he had so I can see for myself.  It arrived today and I feel, well, different already.

Maybe it’s the fact that the Moleskine will fit in my shirt pocket.  Or the elastic band that holds my innermost thoughts away from prying eyes.  It could be the bookmark that will go anywhere in the little book that I place it so I can easily return to my page of choice.  Maybe it’s the secret pocket in the back that no ones knows about but me.  It could be the way the edge of the pages shimmer when I hold it in the light just so.  Maybe it’s all of those things that makes it so unique.

No, I think it’s the creamy smooth white expanse that fills every single page.  The silky feel of the paper when you brush your fingertips, just the tips, across it.  The sensual glide of the pen across the page that makes everything you write seem special, even important.  The smooth sound, barely audible but definitely there, that is heard when you move the pen slowly across the page in nice, even lines.  The very smell of the Moleskine that excites the senses.  I need to be alone with my Moleskine now.  Thanks Steve.  :)

  1. For your sake I hope it is machine washable.

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  2. Steve – thank you thank you thank you!!!

    I saw your post on the “ink dries up” article earlier this week and was intrigued by such a peculiar named device. I set about the web to find more info (moleskinerie.com is a fantastic blog devoted to this marvel) and decided I’d get one to try it out.

    Just holding the thing gives you a feeling of coolness…it’s like a retro, ipod in the way that you feel apart of an elite group and raise your bar of respect for those who share your love for the Moleskine (a friend of mine from church took notice of my new prize with a “hey nice moleskine man” and now it’s like having a secret handshake, just knowing).

    But above that hip ‘cool’ factor..it’s darn fricking useful!! I find myself jotting quick notes in it all the time – books I want to read, quick thoughts for lyrics or poetry to expand on later, phone numbers and addresses. I also keep a Starbucks card and a spare $20 in the back pocket as well as a “hacked” calendar I use starting from the back upside down. That way when I finish this one I’ll have all my thoughts along with the dates that went with the thoughts.

    43Folders has a great resource of Moleskine Hacks (http://www.43folders.com/moleskines_notebooks/) – many of which are listed in the comments of the “More Moleskine Hacks” post (after all the trackbacks).

    Steve, you rock.

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  3. I’m kinda interested in these.. James, could you post some pics (mainly for size comparison), especially next to a Sony U. ;)

    -arebelspy

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  4. I adore the feeling of nice paper, a good binding, a writing instrument with panache, but beyond that my handwriting is bad, I can’t stand the idea that what I write isn’t digitized for later manipulation. I kept journals for years in handbound, stitched blank books made by a local artisan, those black and white speckled comp books, and every conceivable kind of tablet or notebook short of a Big Chief. All that changed when I got a Palm five years ago. I still stop in in a notebook for old times’ sake, but between my Palm (on which I must keep hundreds of pages of journals and papers)and my Tablet PC, I’m much happier knowing I can search, copy, and easily review anywhere what I’ve written. It’s cool to review the old ones every now and then, such as the night my son was born, but I’d much rather have it all available in twenty-first century form. The digitizer on my screen is every bit as smooth as my fountain pen or roller ball on the finest paper, and I can switch colors, highlight, or stylize in a click or two. I agree those moleskines are works of art, but I do much better knowing I’m working with a much more forgiving medium in my digitized world, and can cut and paste from emails, articles, or my own pompous pronouncements. I’m unable to go back, except for brief visits, to the gorgeous arts of bookbinding and papermaking of the past. How well I love them, and how much more I love the newer arts of technology.

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  5. @arebelspy- yes, I certainly will as soon as I get the Sony. I’ll even throw in some pics of the Sharp Zaurus for size comparisons too. What a well designed PDA this one is!

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