A little while ago, I posted
about Moleskine notebooks, and noted in the comments section that what I
really needed was a Moleskine that wasn’t a Moleskine — I didn’t care
about using the same notebook as Hemingway, but I did want something
with a lay-flat sewn binding, little elastic strap, pocket in the back,
and so forth.
I have found the Moleskine which is not a Moleskine, and it is Cavallini. Made in Italy for a San
Francisco importer, they’ve got trade-paperback-on-card covers with
interesting designs (mine has a Japanese tsunami print), a glued (not
sewn) lay-flat binding, elastic strap, a pocket in the back, and about
250 pages of very writeable offwhite brown-lined paper. My 8×6″ cost
about US $10. Perfect compromise.