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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.

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Tips from the world's best note takers


Jillian Hess 

English professor at CUNY & author of How Romantics and Victorians Organized Information (Oxford University Press, 2022)