As I posted a few days ago, I’ve been auditioning notebooks to replace the discontinued style I have been using since forever to write my Morning Pages.
I’ve ruled out the Moleskines; they may be “legendary” but my morning flailings aren’t. Write and destroy, that’s my motto; I’m going for disposable, not archival. This week I found two drugstore notebooks that are the size I find handiest (9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches) and have the preferred 30 college-ruled lines per page.
The Ultimate 3-Subject Notebook (item 92093 from It’s Academic in Northbrook, IL., made in Vietnam and distributed by Walgreen’s). This one has rounded corners (yes!) and 3/4″ black spiral binding, which is not as nice as the twin-wire b ut still big enough to accommodate the pen I use. The cover is almost as sturdy as the old Notebound, although in subdued colors. There’s a two-pocket insert in the back and tabbed plastic dividers. The paper is a bright white but thinner than I’d like; I’d probably have to have to use one of the clear plastic subject dividers as an undersheet to keep from embossing the back of the page I’m writing on, which makes the next page bumpy, defeating the idea of not having to think about the paper and pen.
The Caliber 5-Subject Notebook (#385609, 5 subject notebook, made in USA and distributed by CVS Pharmacy; there’s also a 3-subject version). This notebook has a somewhat thinner plastic cover that comes in classy colors (the one I bought is a deep dusty rose) but the paper is a bright white and thick enough that the pen won’t emboss the backside. There’s a double-sided pocket in the front, not as fun or stylish as clear plastic pockets, but it’ll work. The notebook’s corners are, alas, sharp rather than rounded, which is a shame; it can’t add that much to the per-unit cost to go one more production step.
It looks to me as if the Caliber is a private-label version of a Mead recycled-paper twin-wire notebook that is available online from only one supplier; everywhere else, it seems to be out of stock. Shipping would cost twice as much as the notebook and so far I haven’t been able to bring myself to spring for it, especially when I have more than a year’s worth of other options stacked on the bookcase, all of them imperfect but so is life.
Which is probably the lesson here.
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