Notebook Fetish, Pen Fetish, …Fetish

Like many folks who write, I am obsessed with notebooks and pens and just about anything else connected with them–pencils, sharpeners and erasers. I am embarrassed to admit that a quick check in my book bag (an entirely different obsession) reveals two smallish, Moleskine-like notebooks, a small sketch pad, a legal pad, a pocket-size notebook (all but the legal pad with graph paper), 2 Sailor fountain pens, 2 Parker fountain pens, 2 mechanical pencils, a Sharpie permanent fine-point marker, 4 pencils, 2 sharpeners, some erasers (I’d have to empty the bag to know how many, exactly), several Sailor ink refills and a pocket-size 2013 calendar. And, of course, on top of all that a copy of Husserl’s Shorter Logical Investigations, Royce’s The Religious Aspect of Philosophy, Plato’s Theaetetus, a Revised English New Testament. –Perhaps carrying all this is the professor’s way of trying to ensure he dies with his boots on.

3 responses

  1. Ah, I’m not alone ! Plumbers drive vans stuffed with stuff for any imaginable occasion; we stuff our book bags (I require five or six in constant circulation).

  2. As Paul Simon put it:

    You want to be a writer
    But you don’t know how or when?
    Find a quiet place
    Use a humble pen.”

    Though, judging by current prices I’m not quite sure whether we can refer to the Moleskine/Fountain Pen combination as *humble* any longer…

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