The second option for hardcopy junkies is similar to binders: hard-cover spiral notebooks, which are a bit more expensive and harder to find but are great for stray items that don’t warrant an entire binder. I have four notebooks and they have become some of my favorite possessions.
The notbooks are crammed with things that intrigue and fascinate, entertain and inform: everything from National Geographic images
a place to display those wonderful National Geographic images we all love
to humorous cartoons and anecdotes to favorite poems, quotes, and lyrics. While I’ve managed to group some similar items together most of the information is more or less jumbled together. There are no indexes or table of contents but it’s partly what gives the books their charm: the incongruous juxtaposition of the Forbidden City beside quantum physics, followed by Tsar Nicholas II, partnered by Mozart, overseen by Napoleon, chased by dinosaurs, lions, and snow leopards, bookended by Mt. Everest, interspersed with poetry, riddled with humor, sprinkled with images…
In some ways the spiral notebooks have become something of a time capsule, a collection of material that now spans 4 decades. Among the diverse information are reminders of a world that once was:
reviews of classic books when they were first published, forty years of movies, T.V., Broadway, art, music, composers, and bands, dancers, artists, and writers, styles and fashions, and clips honoring the passing of some legendary folk:
Mary Pickford Anne Bancroft William Powell Gloria Swanson Jack Haley Mae West Merle Oberon Ayn Rand Mary Coyle Chase Henry Miller Vera Ellen John Bonham William Holden Natalie Wood Alfred Hitchcock William Wyler George Jessel Bill Haley Matthew (Stymie) Beard Edith Head John Belushi Stanley Holloway Michael Wilding Jack Albertson Darryl Zanuck Joy Adamson Joan Blondell Lowell Thomas John Lennon Jesse Owens Peter Sellers Steve McQueen Jean-Paul Sartre Jimmy Durante Grace Kelly Ingrid Bergman
I can’t open a notebook to retrieve information without getting caught up by the contents within; the notebooks have turned out to be a sure cure against boredom. If there’s ever a fire the first things to be rescued will be the cat, the family photos, and my spiral notebooks.
Binders and notebooks may not be the solution for all info junkies but they work well for me. They are a very personalized collection of what I find most interesting, intriguing, and aesthetically pleasing, what touches my heart and what tickles my funny bone. They are space-savers that take up space but not nearly as much space as stacks of magazines, shelves of books, and multiple file cabinets.