Rachel’s Team Pick: This Notebook

Look. I’ve written in a lot of things and the fact of the matter is that this is the best thing for writing in.

1. Graph paper.
2. Sturdy black cover.
3. Perfect size.
4. Elastic to hold it shut.
5. Like a Moleskine but better and also you don’t have to be a person who owns a Moleskine.

What are you waiting for. God.

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31 Comments

  1. I used to be the kind of person who had a moleskin. It is still around here somewhere, the only thing I ever wrote in it was something like “buy laundry tokens” before I got too intimidated. Now I use the kind you can get from the dollar store or a convenience store at 4 am if you have to because the kind of notebook that you buy at 4 am is the kind that doesn’t judge, you know?
    I feel like this is the kind of notebook that also doesn’t judge.

    • I think that notebooks are the least judgmental objects to exist because they reflect you, and whatever you choose to put in them.

      I prefer blank sheets because then I can write in whatever direction I feel best suits my feelings, and I can fit more feelings on a page.

        • Aw, Thanks. I do have a solution for that too! I heard/read in an interview from some female artist that they take their loose paper and throw it in a shoebox.

          I started doing that, but then I got too anal about making sure the dates were in chronological order, and the size of the paper were descending. So if you’re not anal like me, you should definitely try it.

  2. what is a moleskine thing, why does it have (somewhat?) negative connotations? do the owners of the company chop down forests and giggle hysterically as they murder hundred year old oaks or something?

    I really like my black n red notebook though I think the lines far apart, I prefer college ruled. I will check out this picadilly thing though, I always like new notebooks.

    • A moleskine is something that both architects, journalists and white people like. As an architect, I can attest this fetish. I can also say they are too expensive for a notebook, even if they are good and sturdy.

      Personally, I just care about my notebooks being the same type, then I can place them in my bookshelf side by side and be happy.

    • That’s me and every notebook I’ve pretty much ever bought. I don’t hate moleskin on its merits but rather because of the self-delusion of written grandeur it inevitably inspires in me.

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