Take Note

Take Note

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Life through the lens of our notebook


90: Imaginary Grace
Jul 6 • 48 min
Ryan Slie joins us (which he does every tenth episode) to talk about fiction, factions, fractions, and other distractions.
89: The Hazards of Uttering Witticisms
Jun 26 • 21 min
This week we dream about reality, meet virtually, cross books Bookcrossingly, and discuss Blackwing Volume 3.
88: Heavy Duty
Jun 23 • 36 min
We discuss Field Notes Summer release, Heavy Duty, and the edition they’ve made for Third Man Records. Plus the Summer pencil box from CW Pencils.
87: Old Voltaren
Jun 11 • 25 min
An arthritis commercial mesmerizes Adam and his family, and other rips in the fabric of space-time. The rip unleashes an old email about Jimmy Buffett tunes.
86: Everything Drawer
Jun 3 • 30 min
In this episode, we talk about t-shirt scams that aren’t scams, losing your notebook, clipping and pasting things, tabletop baseball, and Take Note’s trivia night. This episode was recorded before the recent protests against police brutality and the death…
85: Mysterious Murder Mystery
May 25 • 24 min
A murder mystery so mysterious it may not even exist, and we talk more Deader Prints, French New Wave cinema, Musgrave, and more.
Trivia Night May 23
May 23 • 0 min
We’re hosting a meetup on May 23 at 11 PM Eastern/8 Pacific. There will be a real trivia game with a leaderboard, buzzers, and general knowledge trivia (plus some stationery Qs thrown in). Sign up at bit.ly/takenotetrivia
84: Honor or Fightness
May 20 • 29 min
Adam and Ted discuss Field Notes Deader Prints, keeping a coronavirus notebook, Monocle magazine, and more.
Ep. 83: Squirrel’s Eye View or A Monster on the Inside
May 13 • 28 min
An ugly pen, some new pencils, an underground level, train videos, and a Denny’s accident.
82: Eric Nusbaum and his new book Stealing Home
May 4 • 62 min
We are pleased to welcome Eric Nusbaum to the podcast. The author of Stealing Home discusses researching a book-length work, the joyous little stories that emerge from research, and how he wove together the narrative strands of family, politics, and…
81: Untold Endorphins
Apr 25 • 33 min
We bring our notebooks to southern Louisiana and the Kruger National Park of South Africa without leaving our homes. How do we moderate our media diet? What music are we unwinding to? These are not just rhetorical questions, they are the content of the…
80: Talkin’ on Mute
Apr 21 • 34 min
It’s a decasode so that means we are joined by occasional co-host Ryan Slie and we share some whaddya gots, talk quarantine stationery purchases, and how we’re getting by and hoping you are too,
79: The Clumping Stage
Apr 15
Ted plays archivist with his journals. Adam plays quizmaster with notebook slang. Plus notes on John Prine and a mysterious suitcase for a MacGuffin.
78: Stolen Valor
Apr 4 • 33 min
Adam tangles the threads of reality and fiction in the latest episode of our podcast about notebooks and pens and pencils, while our co-hosts struggle to come up with pithy and amusing anecdotes, instead settling for an invigorating conversation between…
77: Coffeepot
Mar 27 • 29 min
We reflect on what it was like to have coworkers, our new O. Henry lifestyles, favorite Instagram entertainers, all the tools we’ve been using, and Margaret Wise Brown
76: Same Flight
Mar 20 • 30 min
We take a look backward and share waddya gots from notebooks of yesteryear. Adam’s all seem to come from the same flight while Ted’s are kid-oriented. Then we talk archiving notebooks and Adam searches for three friends to listen to the Flaming Lips.
A Message to our Take Note Family
Mar 13 • 2 min
75: Warrant Not Whitesnake
Mar 11 • 39 min
Adam and Ted have a slice of pie, discuss the Field Notes Vignette edition, open the new box of pencils from CW, and read Jenny Odell’s How To Do Nothing.
74: Pillars and Pops
Mar 5 • 29 min
Adam and Ted take their notebooks to the escape room, the bar at 2PM, and the dome.
73: Caves Near Me
Feb 16 • 30 min
Adam and Ted share some waddya gots on marathon-shaming and more, they talk the new Blackwing redesign, Field Notes gamer books, turning books into time capsules, and a little more.
72: Paper N’ Stuff
Jan 29 • 23 min
Adam and Ted ramble on for a time around finding a new term to replace “stationery,” observing a marathon (from the sidelines), and pondering Baron Fig’s new Work/Play notebook.
71: No-System System or the Zen Approach to Notebooks and Productivity at Work
Jan 21 • 27 min
Ted and Adam talk about diphtheria, vampires, Daniel Johnston, Sports Stories, and productivity.
70: Polar Bear Hugs
Jan 14 • 35 min
Ryan Slie joins us to wrap up the stationery-twinged holiday season and new year, we delve into drawing practices and the tools therein. Enjoy!
69: Burger Sack and Eyeliner Pen
Jan 6 • 31 min
Notes from essays, notes from docs. Wilco dad left the show to hotbox. Resolutions promised, soon to be forgotten. Autumn Trilogy arguably misbegotten.
68: False Stakes - Our Holiday Gift Guide
Dec 18, 2019 • 43 min
It’s our holiday gift guide!
67: Ladies of a Certain Age
Dec 9, 2019 • 43 min
This week we are joined by friend of the show Adam Harris. Adam’s professional adventures as Senior American Whiskey Ambassador at Beam Suntory and his penchant for sturdy machined pens bring a unique perspective to this episode.
66: Dr. DiMario
Nov 27, 2019 • 38 min
Adam lays down the law and prison rules stepped in, Ted mismanages his charging duties, Adam starts quite a train station conversation, Adam braves the Ikea returns area, and they talk about the new Field Notes Elemental and XOXO editions. They also check…
65: Gold Buckle Winner at the Bull Dirt Nighttime Rodeo
Nov 18, 2019 • 27 min
Glass houses, mosquito zambonis, children’s museums, and dry erase markers are not what they seem on this week’s episode.
Erasable X Take Note: Comfy Chaos
Nov 14, 2019 • 41 min
64: That’s My Life
Nov 3, 2019 • 31 min
Adam and Ted get to see each other in Houston, where Ted got to meet Adam’s doting colleagues, Ted shares his karaoke wisdom, they visited with Brad Dowdy at Dromgoole’s, and they talk progress and creativity around National Novel Writing Month.
63: Reading Aloud!
Oct 21, 2019 • 32 min
Notebooks on the pitch, at the rock show, in the library, and saddled up to the ink bar. Also: wallets and NaNoWriMo.
62: Hay Bales
Oct 15, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode, Adam and Ted gather their thoughts and rally the creative troops for NanoWrimo, parse 90s sitcom visual style, and analyze the economics of the everything bagel.
61: A Little Leafy
Oct 8, 2019 • 25 min
We discuss the new Field Notes edition, Autumn Trilogy, plus coffee shops, Scottish officers, Chekov, and NaNoWrimo
60: The Decasode
Oct 1, 2019 • 47 min
Ryan joins Adam and Ted for a wide-ranger full of stationery, tuna, and seasonal beverages. Ted and Adam also break down their visit to Field Notes HQ, where Jim Coudal himself proved a generous host.
59: Fajita Dad
Sep 13, 2019 • 30 min
We take our notebooks to a diner and a Pirate party. We discuss the new CW Pencils pencil box, reading journals, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Oliver Sacks, and NaNoWrimo.
58: Useless but Wonderful
Sep 9, 2019 • 29 min
Ted learns something shocking about Adam before they delve into grocery shopping list analysis, including the best deal on lentils; Ted gets a mail call of pencils and a familiar pen from Adam; Adam goes for a nice, long walk; then they dig deep about…
57: Irregular Pentagon Actually
Sep 2, 2019 • 30 min
A pen we don’t like, nibs too fine, pencils and their accessories.
56: What You See in the Circus
Aug 26, 2019 • 34 min
Adam and Ted bring in the school year with a bevy of whaddya gots, checking in on the Wilco x Field Notes and Clairefontaine, extol what they’ve stuck with for years, and talk note-taking and page-ripping.
Sidenote: Chasing Papier in Paris
Aug 21, 2019 • 9 min
Taking a different approach in this Sidenote, Ted takes you along his Parisian stationery excursion. With a reprieve from Paris through the kids-eye view, he takes inspiration from Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin, bouncing from the delightful Papier Tigre to the…
55: An Audit of a ’60s Dry Cleaner
Aug 16, 2019 • 40 min
A stationery tour of Paris, big plans for Time Travelers Camp, and a couple of things we’re sticking with.
54: The Weirdest Guy at the Museum
Aug 2, 2019 • 33 min
This week we’re talking nonsense about hotels, bakeries, and museums. Then we get down to business: Is there a difference between journaling and note booking? And what are we sticking with?
53: The Eleventh Pencil
Jul 24, 2019 • 25 min
This week we investigate feline mystery novels and the Schlitterbahn. We also talk about long-standing favorites in our segment Stickin’ With It. Yes, Stickin’ With It.
52: Office Parrot
Jul 11, 2019 • 40 min
Ted puts this friendship to the test around the Wilco edition of Field Notes, Adam and Ted discuss the new National Parks edition of Field Notes, including the parks we could but won’t complain about to Field Notes. Field Notes Wilco edition from the…
51: Wilco X Field Notes
Jun 30, 2019 • 25 min
We dedicate an episode to Wilco, on the occasion of Adam stumbling across the Wilco X Field Notes six-memo book boxed set at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival
50: Peak Pen Dad
Jun 24, 2019 • 31 min
To commemorate the occasion of our 50th episode, we welcome Ryan Slie back to the airwaves and use his creative practice as inspiration for three brand new pieces of flash fiction, which we read ON AIR.
49: Pen-Losing Season
Jun 19, 2019 • 28 min
We discuss small pockets, notebook sizes we’d like to see, records, and the wrong time to say, “We can help out with that!”
48: Nib Nib Nib
Jun 6, 2019 • 34 min
Ted is back from a trip to D.C. and ready to share, including a great trip to Jenni Bick Custom Journals. Adam is getting to know some Kaweco, known issues in tow. It’s hurricane season, so let’s take note.
47: Avert, Avert
May 16, 2019 • 25 min
London, Washington D.C., Vancouver, Washington D.C.
46: Coffee & Tears
Apr 23, 2019 • 37 min
We discuss pretend diaries, Log & Jotter, and we all find out what happens when you add a duplicate episode number to your podcast feed. No tears.
45: Sheep Egg
Mar 26, 2019 • 32 min
This week we talk about books, bookish podcasts, and Terrace House. It all ties back to notebooks. Kinda. Barely. Not really.
44: Basic Birds of American Highways
Mar 18, 2019 • 37 min
We take a good square look at the Baron Fig Squire rollerball pen, talk shorter sentences, reflect on our kids’ taking notes, and celebrate the spring return of the vaunted Summer Beverage Series.
43: Colonial Magician
Mar 7, 2019 • 39 min
Adam and Ted review the Standard Memorandum and Blue Mountain editions from Word. Notebooks, dig into the CW Pencils quarterly box, raise a ferrule to five years of the Erasable Podcast, and venture deep into Stub Territory.
42: Smiles Catastrophe
Mar 5, 2019 • 31 min
This week Ted becomes a stationery ambassador and Adam can’t pick a new notebook. Resilient Kawecos, refilled Ohtos, and the two-point sharpener yields oohs. (And ahs!)
41: Adam Fixes the Internet
Feb 26, 2019 • 32 min
40: Hatin’ on Suzanne
Feb 19, 2019 • 52 min
Friend of the pod’ Ryan joins us to share his hilarious notes and discuss his notebooking process.
39: Oilco Cards
Feb 6, 2019 • 35 min
This week we talk orange cover stock, an orange body pen, postcards, and more.
38: Hadoken
Jan 30, 2019 • 36 min
This week we talk no-brand brands, European drunks enthusing about other Europeans, and meditation.
37: I Want to Discover Less and Less
Jan 21, 2019 • 31 min
Ted applies his analog pursuits into the real world of clothes and media shopping. Also, should we apply the spark joy test to our notebooks and pencils?
36: A Borges Lullaby
Jan 16, 2019 • 28 min
We return with a show that you can hear, some HB pencil talk, and an unexpected takedown of books.
35: Joy to the Pen - A Givisode
Dec 14, 2018 • 34 min
We make a game out of recommending pencil, pen, paper, books, and extravagant gifts. We also make a vague giveaway promise for charity in the middle of the episode. There’s two odd skippy parts in the recording, which go by quickly but which we apologize…
34: Bale of Rights
Dec 11, 2018 • 30 min
This week we share the nonsense from our notebooks, talk Bullet Journaling, Field Notes Holiday Market, the newest from Blackwing, and CW Pencil’s December box.
33: Before the Last Nap
Nov 29, 2018
32: The Other Half of the Work
Nov 20, 2018 • 39 min
Some good noises, HVAC talk, leaf technique, spicy pickles, blind dog notes, and navigating between notebooks and word processors.
31: Takes Ink Well!
Nov 5, 2018 • 30 min
We take our notebooks to bed, to brunch, and to the dark end of the street.
30: Nap Champ
Oct 26, 2018 • 31 min
Ryan sits in for Adam to discuss the latest from Field Notes and his journey into stationery.
29: Map Dad
Oct 19, 2018 • 32 min
We share from our notebooks and talk about The Wirecutter’s picks for best pens.
28: The Attendee
Oct 8, 2018 • 34 min
A poem, a phone interview, and a lot of pencil talk this week.
27: Silence the Aged
Oct 4, 2018 • 31 min
The reasons for delays in posting episodes are many and varied. One of the slightest reasons for the delay in posting this episode — which we intended to turn around quickly after the new Field Notes editions were released — is that I was briefly pulled…
26: A Distinct Advantage
Sep 22, 2018
This week Ted rescues Adam from a treacherous forest of stationery marketing copy and guides him to safety.
25: The Stationery Manafort
Sep 13, 2018 • 34 min
This week: STEM, Baron Fig, bibliophilia, and much more.
24: The Horse Got Confirmed
Aug 31, 2018 • 32 min
This week: Rhinos, Foxes, and Rhodias. And Adam reads, from his 2002 notebook, anecdotes about write, editor, and professor Keith Botsford.
23: Sniffles Question & Snappy Cousin
Aug 28, 2018 • 31 min
This week, we are mistaken for a disruption-era food deliveryman and a winemonger. We also discuss rearranging the pen and pencil drawers, pencil zine Plumbago, and the Crescent City.
22: Oy V8
Jul 25, 2018
This week we dream about Field Notes editions we’d like to see in the future. We also discuss the science of dreams, the ubiquity of vanity plates, and when to give a stranger a pencil.
21: The Skulliverse - Opening and Closing the Doors of Time
Jul 23, 2018 • 31 min
This week we take our notebooks to their first rock show, to the pool, and to the nightclubs of Vietnam.
20: Bunkcast
Jul 13, 2018 • 33 min
This week Ted tries to focus us on the topic of stationery and Adam has none of it.
19: Robot Dad
Jul 8, 2018 • 31 min
In this episode, Ted and Adam discuss the new Field Notes Three Missions edition and taking notes when life gets hectic.
18: Peter Plumbago Pirro
Jun 27, 2018 • 29 min
This week we discuss the people you want to sit near on planes, weedeaters, and syncing notebooks. It’s a weird one!
17: Beardos in the Crowd
Jun 7, 2018 • 41 min
This week we talk about the Baron Fig Confidant, our Summer Field Notes wishes, the strange inspiration for sketching in your notebook, and more.
16: The Dali Straw Man
Jun 1, 2018 • 31 min
This week we discuss notebook sketching, the desperation to fill up those last few pages, the Blackwing 54, and a foamy vanilla porter
15: Time to Move On
May 23, 2018 • 35 min
Notebooks for learning to fly, saving grace, and wildflowers. Even the losers will enjoy this episode.
14: From the Devil to the Grocery List
May 20, 2018 • 30 min
This week we talk rubber banding notebooks, picking writing implements, and more. We thank shout out sharp stationery people and introduce our summer beverage series.
13: Flora or Fauna
May 10, 2018 • 25 min
This week we take our notebooks to the streets, to the office, and to the Crescent City.
12: Fade 57
May 2, 2018 • 28 min
This week we take our notebooks on a cake walk.
11: Too Few Prices, Too Many Princes
Apr 12, 2018 • 24 min
This week we bang a pig in the ground about some things.
10: Sedaris v. Intimidator
Apr 5, 2018 • 40 min
This week: the world of bookselling, the art of braindumping, and the solitary pursuit of intimidating. Plus lots of chat about David Sedaris.
9: Onused
Mar 28, 2018
And you were looking for a new episode?
Minisode: Spring 2018 Predictions
Mar 18, 2018 • 15 min
We briefly make predictions for the imminent Field Notes and Blackwing releases.
7: Ring of Moisture
Mar 16, 2018 • 36 min
This week we drink with and fall asleep with our notebooks. Also: vacation, improv, and blue pencils!
6: Inspecting
Mar 8, 2018 • 39 min
This week we take our notebooks into the storm, out to the rodeo, and in search of “a guy”.
5: Helluva Names
Mar 2, 2018 • 32 min
We discuss avoiding people, approaching people, climbing mountains, and covering pencils.
4: Pants Pocket Protectors
Feb 24, 2018 • 38 min
Silver leather jackets, taking a compliment, burning smell em dash, Friends of Loved Pigeons, and Thor instead of Kong this week.
3: I Feel Like Giant Spiders
Feb 23, 2018 • 28 min
2: What Does it Mean to Hear a Sound?
Feb 16, 2018 • 22 min
1: Rode Hard Put Away Wet Types
Feb 6, 2018 • 36 min
A discussion of self-bussing restaurants, Larry McMurtry, haikus, and more.