During my university days, i kept several diaries. One for daily life and thoughts, another one tucked into my class folder for ideas that come to me during class, and one for my travels and overseas debate competitions. I still have them at home, and revisit them longingly every so often when nostalgia hits.
Back then, i was super-fussy about the type of paper i would use for these diaries. I wanted something that could be comfortably written on, and would be able to survive the bumps and humps of uncertain storage and transport. Generally, i found Japanese branded notebooks worked best.
How i wish i had access to Moleskine notebooks back then. I bought my first Moleskine a few days ago, and have since written on it — its amazing. The construction quality is top-notch, and the paper is the sort of premium paper that makes writing effortless and a joy. If you’re as fussy about these things as i am, you’ll know that when you write, the last thing you want is to be distracted by an ink blotch or a “surface tension” of the paper that makes the pen tip drag instead of glide over it.
Moleskine (pronounced mol-a-skeen-a) is a brand of bound notebooks manufactured by a small company in Milan called Modo & Modo. The range has been inspired by the legendary notebooks used by European artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: Van Gogh, Picasso, Hemingway, Wilde, Proulx, etc. These trusty, pocket-size travel companions have held sketches, notes, stories and ideas long before they were turned into famous images or the pages of beloved books.
Moleskine notebooks are bound in oilcloth-covered cardboard (Moleskin), with an elastic strap to hold them closed and a sewn spine that allows them to lie flat when opened. Each Moleskine includes an attached bookmark and a generous inside back pocket designed to hold loose bits of paper.
For me, if i’m writing on a good surface (just like if i’m typing on a good keyboard), the ideas flow much faster, and the words come out much more naturally. That’s just the way i am.
Moleskines are wonderful, and despite the cost (i paid RM58 for the small notebook i bought), is a writer’s wet dream come true. Trust me. You can find them at Borders and Kinokuniya.