my moleskine, my precious moleskine

My moleskine holds everything for me. Without this little security blanket of organization, information, and coolness, I would be lost. I am guessing you know what the notebooks look like, but if you aren't sure, they are the smooth, often jacket pocket-sized black journals with an elastic strap to close (see image above). Often seen being toted around by oh-so-hip college students writing bad poetry or a song about unrequited love, these accessories are too cool for school. One thing that sold me is the history tucked away gently in the very back of the book. In short, the old makers closed up the company in 1986 after two centuries of business. Thankfully, a Milanese publisher launched again in 1998, and the little black binder has made a heck of a comeback. Also, Van Gogh, Picasso, Hemingway, Chatwin... not a bad user list to follow.

Aspects that make this better than the average notebook:

1. The paper is thick but not unbendable.

2. The strap is reassuring. Sometimes I have other little pieces of paper in it and they stay there.

3. Inky pens write fine- the paper absorbs it pretty well.

4. The texture of the outside feels like a milkshake tastes. Smooth and creamy and delicious.

I personally prefer plain pocket-size ones so I can draw or take notes or do whatever I please with it. If you are someone who depends on more structure, I recommend a lined one. I have a couple of friends who have been keeping track of their daily social activities for years, I assume to be able to read later in life about their roaring twenties and the crazy pace of a young person in New York. For them, I recommend this one: Click Here

Fits in your clutch, has a weekly breakdown by page, is black so it goes with anything. Perfect.

This one is city-specific, which can be useful for travel (they have a New York one among others):

berliner

http://www.moleskine.com/catalogue/city_notebook/europe/city_notebook_berlin.php

There's a little video on the website that I enjoyed too: http://www.moleskine.com/ Nothing groundbreaking, just kind of fun. Also, the prices are nice, so your wallet won't hurt even if you write/draw every day.

My only question is... why the "e?" Because it's European? Love Europeans and their extra vowels. I'll give it to them: they do make a fine notebook.

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