Whether you’re a student or not, it’s a good time of year to head down the school supply aisle and get yourself some goodies. Here’s a little shopping list:
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- When I get blue or stuck, I like to get out scissors and glue and make collages. (I like plain ol’ Fiskars and an old-school UHU stic.)
- In Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott suggests leaving index cards around the house. (Check out Ryan Holiday’s notecard system.)
- Laurence Weschler plays with blocks.
- John Waters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oliver Sacks write/wrote on legal pads.
- Twyla Tharp starts every new project with a fresh banker's box.
- There are times you should type on a keyboard, and times when you should write with a pencil. (I like Palamino Blackwings.)
- I swear by a good paper dictionary. (John McPhee says it's way better than a thesaurus and Nick Cave keeps a handwritten one.)
- Keith Haring, Michael Bierut, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Paul Thek all used plain ol' composition books. (Lynda Barry uses them so much she makes her books look like them.)
- I keep a notebook turducken: a flexible notebook for my diary, a Leuchtturm for my pocket notebook, and a Moleskine daily planner for my logbook.
- My favorite pen is a Pilot G-2 Bold. (Here’s more of my favorite stuff.)
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