Paul Theroux's latest travel book, "The Last Train to Zona Verde," chronicles his return to Africa.
In this article on the Wall Street Journal he talks about his note-taking habits.
"A notebook takes on a friendly character, the patina of its daily use, its doodles and coffee stains. It becomes an indispensable artifact of the trip, glowing with revelation."
I wish the article was longer but even a brief mention of notebooks in this context always makes my heart skip a beat.