I remember seeing the Moleskine notebook in Waterstone’s and thinking how nice it was, but thought no more of it afterwards. It came to mind again recently when mentioned on Joi Ito‘s and Merlin Mann‘s blogs – and maybe a couple of other places too. I set off on a hunt for more info, and despite feeling doubtful that purchasing yet another notepad and keeping in mind the point raised in Hugh McLeod’s ‘How To Be Creative’ that states "If you have the talent, you don’t need the propsquot;, I took the plunge and bought one. After all, my talent had gone into hiding and I hoped that buying something nice might coax it out into the open again.
When it arrived on Thursday I was glad I believed the hype. It’s astounding how something so simple can be so beautiful. Every part of experiencing this book is a joy, from its sleek black cover (now festooned with a sticker that came with it on the front and a Fender sticker on the back), to its elastic clasp to writing on its pages. But, at the same time, it doesn’t have that intimidating ‘expensive notebook’ feel about it – you know the one, it’s expensive, it’s nice, so anything that goes in it has to be a work of art in the neatest handwriting.
At the same time, I bought a Moleskine ‘Memo Pocket’ book. This is a small version of the concertina file, housed within the same gorgeous black cover with the elastic clasp. Until earlier on today, I thought I didn’t have a use for it until Michael suggested I might be able to fit my Zire in there. And it fits like a dream. The elastic closure keeps it safe and the other pockets are free for 3 x 5 cards, post its and any other stuff I feel inclined to keep.
Regardless of whether the stuff about Van Gogh and Hemingway using Moleskines are true, I am now a Moleskine fan, and can see in the future piles of books filled with all manner of crap, while older spiral-bound efforts just sit gathering dust.