Random thought: there are two kinds of “intellectual” types in the world

… those who own a Moleskine notebook and those who do not. And never the twain shall understand one another. I’m firmly in the don’t own side, and I just don’t get why someone would want to spend 20 bucks on a notepad, or, indeed, why anyone would buy a notepad at all except for very transient notes to be later transferred to an electronic device, or drawing. And I I have used handheld devices (palms, ipaqs, blackberries, and now the iphone) for transient note-taking for years, and can’t draw for shit.* It’s very rare that I’ll write anything on paper at all. So, I just don’t get it. Those who really like Moleskines, when you ask them what the big deal is, tend to reference one real quality (durability, but is anything in your Moleskine as durable as my e-notes backed up in the cloud and searchable? Hah!), and a bunch of mushy sentimental things like “the feel of pen on paper” and Hemingway (as if being used by Hemingway is a point in favor of anything). Some even claim that they can be used to pick people up — although, personally, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to date anyone who is judging me based on what kind of notebook I’m using.

If I ever get a paper notebook, I think I’ll get one of those plastic-page lab notebooks, just to sneer at the Moleskine snobs. “Yeah, that’s right. My notebook can survive a storm at sea. How about yours?”


* When I was in 7th grade, all the teachers loved me, except the art teacher. She called my mother in, because she was convinced I was a troublemaker — nobody, on her theory, could be producing work that bad unless it was deliberate. Ow.

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2 Responses to “Random thought: there are two kinds of “intellectual” types in the world”

  1. FUG Says:

    I write my notes in class all the time, as opposed to using an electronic device. But not in a Moleskin notebook. I buy the cardboard ones for classes that I’d like to keep my notes around for awhile (ie, related to my major) and the spiral ones to figure problems out on. I also buy the cardboard ones for my labs.

    Fuck that moleskin shit. I’ll save the 15 dollars and buy a bottle of gin, like a real Hemingway would.

  2. Aaron Says:

    I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to date anyone who is judging me based on what kind of notebook I’m using.

    Apart from that, they’re probably other people who use Moleskine notebooks.

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