Moleskin Notebooks

As both a writer and reader I am attracted not only to books, but also to cool notebooks, stationery, and pen and pencil sets. On a recent trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon I finally found the notebook I had been seeking for a long time: Moleskin Notebooks. Moleskins are without a doubt the best notebooks available.

Moleskin Notebooks have a heritage that includes being used by Ernest Hemingway, Henri Matisse, and Vincent Van Gogh. Moleskins have made cameo, uncredited appearances in movies such as "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Da Vinci Code," and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." Moleskins just fit the hand making it easy to take notes. That is unless the writer has a broken wrist. so one can take notes while holding the notebook in the other hand. Or at least they could until they broke their wrist. I still use mine even with a broken wrist but now like I do everything, just a little clumsier.

Moleskins are available in a variety of formats; plain, lined, and in squares. I have horrible handwriting so I prefer the squares. When I use my Moleskin I print and force one letter into each square. This makes my notes legible, at least for the most part. There are slightly less than 200 pages in each notebook with approximately one fourth of them perforated for easy removal. There are a couple of interesting features: in the back is an envelope pocket for keeping loose papers. Also included in the notebook is an elastic band that circles the entire notebook to keep pages from getting beaten up when in a pocket or purse. Moleskin also features a daily diary with many of the same features.

'Losing my passport was the least of my worries, losing a notebook was a catastrophe'.
Bruce Chatwin

When in doubt, sit down, be quiet, and read a book.