Little red book

As I said, I’m blogging less and writing more. A good feeling. Looking to sites like and, [link fixed] I’m inclined to think paper is the next big thing.

There’s a cachet among neo-paper-geeks (perhaps fetish is more accurate) for the Moleskine notebooks. And, yes, you have to pronounce the name in four syllables. Bah! I prefer the the more flexible Miquelrius, with its quadrille printing. Great for tiny handwriting and a more economical, plus the red one can be seen as being so stylishly theological. That and a co-worker at Day Job caught the “Mao is me” visual pun. $6.95 at Barnes and Noble.

Are there any notebooks you like? Derek: is there a style of field book you like(d)?

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By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. Ahhhh…. My favorite field book was small, brown leather bound, and had blank pages with no lines. Perfect for geological field notes, drawings of specimens, and sketching little maps of the terrain I worked in. That notebook had a “thingness” to it, as well as hints of Indiana Jones. There was no brand name to that notebook. I simply bought it at the University of Chicago bookstore.

    I’ve considered going back to some kind of notebook. There is a simplicity to paper and pen, and a notebook and pen are even more portable than my iBook. And with my propensity to write for publication (and not just in the Universalist Herald), I’m thinking a theological notebook would be a good place to stew my ideas. Think of it as my ministry field book. And by ministry I mean both my work in the local Quaker congregation, AND also my ministry in the printed word.

  2. Oh dear, I found myself using the word “thingness” a lot the day I bought my notebook. I’ll fix that link in a sec.

  3. The Moleskine notebooks are too expensive, too fetish-y, IMNSHO. But the do offer a nice Indiana Jones quality to writing.

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