What I Write In

22 Jul

I’ve recently realized how en vogue it is to recommend/rate things that other people should use and/or experience. I’ve never really taken part in this phenomenon, but since my two fellow gauchers have and the new school year is fast-approaching, I think it is time I lay down my supreme knowledge on notebooks.

I’m not going to lie. I used to be way into these things. They’re really good for holding thoughts since most of them have some sort of elastic strap attached to them for easy closure. They’re also good because Picasso and Hemingway supposedly used them all the time. Most of the ones I’ve used were a bit too big for my pocket, but they make pocket-sized ones (a definite + for the on-the-go thinker). But honestly, I think they’ve gotten slightly old and too visibly popular for my taste. If I had to recommend a style, it would probably be the REPORTER. If I had to rate the brand, though, I’d give it a 2 out of 5 pens. Here’s their website: http://www.moleskine.com/

These notebooks come on high recommendation from a fiction professor at Rhodes. He doesn’t swear by them per se, but they get the job done. Very simply built (in the USA, if you’re a patriot)––all recycled products. Also, they’re pretty cheap. You get a three pack of 48-page notebooks that fit easily in a back pocket for $10. One drawback, though, that I’ve noticed when using them is their permeability to sweat. If you don’t mind that, I’d recommend ’em. 4 out of 5 pens. Here’s their website: http://fieldnotesbrand.com/shop/

Legal pads are a personal favorite of mine, whether junior or big. Both, however, are not very good for on-the-go thinkers. But, they do allow you effectively more space than most notebooks because they’re bound at the top. Another point for them is their price. They vary depending on where you buy them, but trust me when I say they’re cheap. Quite a few professors I know use them religiously, probably because they were accustomed to using them during gradschool and never grew out of them. 4 out of 5 pens. I won’t give a website, because they’re everywhere.

DEV’S HOMEMADE RECYCLED PADS (aka non-legal pads)
These are very cheap. In fact, the cost = the effort you’re willing to use to go to a recycling bin and pick out clean-sided paper. Oh and somewhere between 2 to 3 staples. Also, if you feel frisky enough, they go very well on a clipboard. This, however, could bump the price to somewhere around $4 or $5 depending on the clipboard. Of course, just like legal pads, they are more stationery (pun intended). But because of price point, and my own experience as a sit-down thinker this is the approach I’d recommend the most. 5 out of 5 pens.

Next week, I’ll delve into the crazy and confusing world of pens.


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