Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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July 7, 2009

Rachels's Corot Sketches
Rachel writes:
"I love your square recycled-paper memory books. . . . I used to take them to the Met on Friday nights and make sketches from my favorite Corots. A wonderful book for wonderful memories."
Thanks, Rachel! Those are lovely! We also remember Friday nights at the Met from our student days.

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May 6, 2009

Beth's Michael Roger Collection (Partial View)
Beth has been a loyal customer since circa 1997. She writes: "
Anyone who cares about fine paper, about the beauty and joy of putting hand to pen has GOT to love your products!"
Thanks, Beth! That's an incredible collection!

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From the Archives:
June 3, 2004
Sarah's books #1-5

Sarah writes, "I love your Jumbo books! I have been making massive, lumpy and wonderful journals with them for close to eight years. I have filled nearly six of them with pictures and writing and scraps and sugar packets and all manner of odd things. When they are full they are so swollen that they can barely lie flat without flopping open and revealing a polaroid or a pressed flower or a rant. I lug them almost everywhere with me in case something interesting happens. They are the first thing I would rescue in the event of a fire and the last thing I would leave behind on a long trip."

Thanks, Sarah! This is one of our favorite letters of all time. Sarah also wrote us about her odyssey in search of an unruled Jumbo at a time when it seemed all the Jumbo
books in the world were ruled.

The Legendary Notebook of Jesus, Einstein, Davenport

The thoughts of an impressionable young man in a bookstore:

Have I heard the legendary legend of the famous Moleskine notebook?

Hmm, says here it's "The Legendary Notebook of Hemingway, Picasso, Chatwin."

Hemmingway! What a terrific writer. I can picture him scribbling in one of these pocket-sized beauties as he dodged bulls in sunny southern Spain.

Picasso!! Wow. I bet he used his Moleskine to sketch a six-headed dragon lady and maybe write a grocery list.

Chatwin!!! . . . Who - . . . Who the Hell is Chatwin? I'd better buy this book before someone starts asking me questions. Good enough for Chatwin (the, uh, famous unicyclist?), good enough for me.

That's strange - says here the company was founded in the 90's -- the nineteen nineties. Di- . . . Did Picasso live to see Hootie and the Blowfish? Oh - what? He died in 1973? Well . . . Picasso must have used some kind of notebook during his life, and . . . since this Moleskine I'm holding is also some kind of notebook . . . it's totally understandable that they would claim he used the exact same books they're selling!

That's a relief. My only regret is that a cute, furry, little enormous mutant mole had to die for them to make the book cover.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Consumer's Guide to the Green Revolution

The Daily Green, an online "Consumer's Guide to the Green Revolution," also likes the cut of our LP books, and has listed the 7"x10" hardbound version in its Radical Reuse slideshow (we're lucky number 28). We may be running a swath of destruction across the vinyl landscape, but we're doing it with the approval of eco advocates.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Musique Nonstop!

Another sighting of a vinyl product. Francophonic style site gives us international street cred with its inclusion of our 45 Photo Frame in its Sélection section, a group of music-themed products posted last month. Michael Roger missed out on another name-drop, though, as this product was credited to Bookbinders. It's an online alias of ours, but still . . .

We also couldn't help but wonder whether the artist featured on the album had any bearing on its inclusion. Is Eddie Murphy the Jerry Lewis of our generation?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Michael Roger in Elle Magazine

Elle Magazine has included our LP Record books in a collage of "Glam Rock" accessories, on page 56 of its July issue. We're pleased to be featured among fashion luminaries like Marc Jacobs (Pony-hair bag, $1,350). Our product is surely the most economical choice in the group, and no ponies were harmed in its manufacture (our glue is horse-free).

The featured journals are credited to Urban Outfitters, one of our higher-volume retailers for this product. While we're a little disappointed that we weren't named as the designer (they didn't credit the Ceramic watch by RADO ($1,900) to Macy's, did they?), we are nevertheless pleased by the selection. To greater heights! Our name in print!