This book is about how to make a complete map of everything you think for as long as you like.
Whether that's good or not, I don't know- keeping a map of all your thoughts has a ``freezing'' effect on the mind. It takes a lot of (albeit pleasurable) work, but produces nothing but SIGHT.
If you do the things described in this book, you will be IMMOBILIZED for the duration of your commitment.The immobilization will come on gradually, but steadily. In the end, you will be incapable of going somewhere without your cache of notes, and will always want a pen and paper w/ you. When you do not have pen and paper, you will rely on complex memory pegging devices, described in ``The Memory Book''. You will NEVER BE WITHOUT RECORD, and you will ALWAYS RECORD.
YOU MAY ALSO ARTICULATE. Your thoughts will be clearer to you than they have ever been before. You will see things you have never seen before. When someone shows you one corner, you'll have the other 3 in mind. This is both good and bad. It means you will have the right information at the right time in the right place. It also means you may have trouble shutting up. Your mileage may vary.
You will not only be immobilized in the arena of action, but you will also be immobilized in the arena of thought. This appears to be contradictory, but it's not really. When you are writing down your thoughts, you are making them clear to yourself, but when you revise your thoughts, it requires a lot of work- you have to update old ideas to point to new ideas. This discourages a lot of new thinking. There is also a ``structural integrity'' to your old thoughts that will resist change. You may actively not-think certain things, because it would demand a lot of note keeping work. (Thus the notion that notebooks are best applied to things that are not changing.)
The History of a Legendary Notebook
Moleskine is the legendary notebook that the European artists and intellectuals who made twentieth-century culture used: from Henry Matisse to the turn-of-the-century Parisian avant-garde, from Louis Férdinand Céline to Ernest Hemingway. Writer-traveler Bruce Chatwin picked up this tradition and made it famous.
A simple black rectangle with squared or lined pages, endleaves held by an elastic band, an inside pocket for loos sheets, a binding in 'moleskine' which gives it its name, this trusty pocket-size travelling companion guarded notes, stories, thoughts and impressions before they turned into the pages of beloved books.
Chatwin used to buy his moleskine at a Paris stationery shop in Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie. He always stocked up on the before going of on one of his journeys. He had a ritual set up over the years - before using them, he numbered the pages, wrote his name and at least two addresses in the world with the promise of a reward in case they got lost. 'Loosing my passport was the least of my worries, losing a notebook was a catastrophe'.
He even suggested this method to his friend Luis Sepùlveda when he gave him a precius moleskine before the trip to Patagonia that they whould never take together. It was precious because, by then, the notebook could no longer be found. In 1986, even the last producer, a small family concern in Tours, closed down. 'Le vrai moleskine n'est plus' were the lapidary words of the stationer to Chatwin who had ordered one hundred before leaving for Australia. Chatwin bought up all the moleskine he could find, but there were not enough.