The return of the notebook

I thought I was going to ruin Ms. Theologian’s day when I wrote at her blog (Surviving the Workday) that her dear Moleskine notebooks — despite protesting they’re “designed in Italy” — are in fact made in China. She has been very keen to avoid buying anything made in China and for good reason. (I have sharply curtailed my China consumption, which is trickier when you’re eyeing a laptop.)

Well, never let it be said that I don’t respond to my readers. Ms. Θ (theta), this is for you.

Hubby and I were in Borders, the big-box book and media store, on Monday when I stopped by the journals, on the off chance I could find her an alternative. And there it was. Borders, it turns out, has bought UK-based Paperchase Products Ltd and carries their stock in the U.S. Among the nicely printed goods, what should I see but notebooks in A6 and A5 sizes made in Italy (for real this time) and Germany? The covers are more of a reinforced, firm but flexible cloth. If anything, I like them better than the Moleskine brand.

Alas, I can find no image of these either at the Paperchase site or Border’s online, which is really Amazon.

But I’ll not be getting one myself, as I prefer my DIY binder clip notebook and memo book (pages cut from partially printed paper) with hPDA forms (link for templates) printed on them for thoughts needing extra organization.

Context: hPDA (Hipster Parietal Disgorgement Aid) (43 Folders)

By Scott Wells

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

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