Hello everybody!

I’m a New York based writer and an English professor at CUNY. I’ve been researching and writing about notebooks and note-taking for the past two decades. Now, I’m excited to share the most interesting, inspiring, and unique notes with you.

Every week, I’ll send a newsletter focused on a particular note-taker with an overview of their note-taking life, inspiring quotes, archival photos, and meditations on what I’ve learned from their notes. Recent favorites have included posts on Frida Kahlo, James Baldwin, and how successful novelists take notes.

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Jillian Hess
English professor at CUNY & author of How Romantics and Victorians Organized Information (OUP, 2022)