Paper Notes ?

  • Paper notes in a digital world? Absolutely. I still believe in pens, pencils, notebooks, journals, daily planners, letter writing, thank-you cards, and all things that celebrate a life that respects the placing of words on paper. Though, obviously, the words you are now reading are not on paper, they are definitely on paper - in spirit. In an age of blogs (like this one), blogs about blogs, online publications of all kinds and everything digital, I still celebrate the journal kept in a notebook, bound books, magazines, a good newspaper and the literary world of old. I love to read about writing and writers. I’d rather read an interview with Somerset Maugham or Paul Auster than the gurus of the computer age. Why? I think my full-plunge into computing in the late eighties has worn me down. I feel disconnected in the most connected age of all. Read More Here


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Digital Organization

  • GOLDEN SECTION NOTES is a user-friendly e-notebook that organizes your notes and graphics in a convenient folder tree format. When you must organize that digital
    information, try GS NOTES.


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January 27, 2006



Nice. The link is a classic. I just had to click it.


I write at Burger King.

Seriously, though, I write wherever I am when I have time. Sometimes it's in a cafe; other times it's outside; quite often, it's at the kitchen table.

You nailed the connection between writing and the cafe, though; it's an extension of literary pretentiousness. Anyone "important" enough to write the Great American Novel couldn't possibly lower themselves to write at any place that other members of the literati would deem unsophisticated, could they?


This is great. Like Trent said, you nailed the cafe experience. Where do I _really_ write? Mostly at home, but I also write and sketch at a little park near my workplace. I will take my lunch there maybe twice a week.


Saved to MyWeb. I have to admit to driving twenty minutes to get to a cafe to write. I probably pass fifty other places that would work fine. It's the cafe though! They didn't have Burger King's on the Left Bank or we would most likely be writing there. :)


this was good,,i just printed out and am taking it to school tomorrow. i have a prof who will love this.

I think 24-hour diners with unlimited coffee refills trumps the cafe; but (in NYC anyway) there are so many cafes that allow writerly and readerly people to linger--so why not, when it's so much more inviting than a Burger King?


Just so everyone understands, I love writing in cafés and this was all in jest. I received an email asking me what I had "against" cafés. I hope most understood what I was saying. I was just having fun with a cultural phenomenon.


Nice post! I write at home but will I will visit with my Moleskine this month.


keep up the good work!


I'd just like to say that I loved this post. I'm a writer myself, and I enjoyed the post very much. I think I may come back more often. :)


Excellent site - do keep up the good work.


I write away from home but do the type up at home. TV, Video games and the internet are too much of a distraction at home. So I write in cafes, libraries, laundromats, on the train, at the mall, on the beach, in parks, at work during breaks or while my students are working. I fought this for awhile because I had originally gotten my desktop computer so I could write all evening at home after work, but it just hasn't worked.

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