- Carla Bruni, singer and First Lady of France, created her third CD, Comme si de rien n’etait (As If Nothing Had Happened) in a blue Clairefontaine notebook. “..a handwritten title: ‘Carla B. French rough 3’ and covered with incomplete verses, strikethroughs, collage of little pieces of paper written elsewhere.”
- Who was spotted on “Sex in the City” carrying a Clairefontaine notebook -- none other than Carrie Bradshaw.
- John Berendt, author of The City of Falling Angels, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, uses a cloth bound Clairefontaine notebook, ruler, red pen and rubber stamps to make a customized book that combines notepad, agenda and phone book in an orderly and portable fashion. “The key is that the cloth binding folds over, so you have a tablet,” said Mr. Berendt, a connoisseur of writing materials.
- David Mamet, author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter. “…he can work wherever he goes, writing in longhand in the Clairefontaine spiral notebooks, large size, that he prefers.”
- Susan Jane Gilman is the bestselling author of ”Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress” and ”Kiss My Tiara.” Her newest book is ”Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven.” ”For whatever it's worth, my ”drugs” of choice these days are great little French bound notebooks with lined graph paper and omniBall rollerball pens. For special occasions, like book signings, I've got two Waterman pens --a black fountain pen and a red rollerball.” www.susanjanegilman.com.
- Claire Messud, author of The Emperor’s Children, links her writing to ritual. For each of her published works she has used a high-quality fountain pen and Clairefontaine notebook. For every novel written, there is a single Clairefontaine notebook, the pages of graph paper coverd in tiny, unblemished handwriting. Messud laughs at the way writers fetishise such things. She remembers reading a profile of Muriel Spark about ten years ago, in which Spark said she only wrote in a certain type of notebook. “She’d bought 39 of them and she only had two left, and they didn’t make them anymore. And you know, I thought, ‘Well, that’s it then.’ I completely understood.”
- “I write at least a page every day but seldom more. Cigars, good pen plucks and large Clairefontaine notebooks help me to write. I cannot compose sentences on a keyboard. I need to have a pen in my hand. I then type each page…but for me, the first jet is often close to the final result.” - Paul Auster, author of The Brooklyn Follies and Travels in the Scriptorium. www.PaulAuster.co.uk
- Christina Baldwin, the author of One to One: Self-Understanding through Journal Writing; Life’s Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest; The Seven Whispers, Listening to the Voice of the Spirit; and Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives Through the Power and Practice of Story, recommends Clairefontaine to all her students and “make sure it is stocked on my island when I hold a retreat.” For 30 years Christina has explored ways writing can organize your life, reveal the deeper meaning in life experiences, and map uncharted territories within you. www.PeerSpirit.com and www.StoryCatcher.net.
- Lillian Ross, veteran New York writer and well-known New Yorker contributor, filed thousands of 3 x 5 spiral-bound Clairefontaine notebooks when she began her career.
- British perfumer Lyn Harris declared in a recent Financial Times article, “If I don’t have a Clairefontaine notebook in my handbag, I feel something is missing. For me, it’s a bit like going out without a fragrance. As a perfumer, I’m always looking for new ideas and inspiration can strike at any time—on a train, a plane or standing in a queue. I’ll suddenly get an idea for a new formula or smell something in the air and need to write it down. I’ve used Clairefontaine notebooks since student days.” www.MillerHarris.com
- Karine Moline, entertainment journalist and author of novels Belladonna and Lunch, tries not to be dependent on a laptop computer. She writes in longhand, with a fountain pen, on a grid Clairefontaine notebook.
- Lucky Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Kim France, turns to
Clairefontaine notebooks for all the things in life "a
blackberry can't capture." "I've always loved these
French notebooks," she says. "They're thin,
lightweight and have such cool covers."
Anne Stuart, author of Ice Blue, Cold as Ice, and the upcoming novel, Ice Storm, is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a survivor of 32 years in the romance business. She loves Japanese rock and rock, wearable art, Spike, her two kids, Clairefontaine paper, her Springer Spaniel Rosie, her delicious husband of 31 years, fellow writers, her two cats, telling stories and living in Vermont. “If you’ve never tried Clairefontaine paper, I highly, highly recommend it for those who like to write by hand. I bought some notebooks when I was in Paris the first time and have been hooked ever since.”
Jeanne Verdoux, a French artist with
studio in Brooklyn, NY uses Clairefontaine
graph paper for her sketches. (www.jeanneverdoux.com)
- J. Sperling Reich, journalist, founder of FilmStew.com and director of product development at DTS Digital Cinema, likes small, clothbound graph paper notebooks.
- New York writer Carol L. Skolnick states that she doesn’t even own a laptop; she writes in a Clairefontaine notebook with a bright blue cover.
- Best selling author Susan Wiggs, in her recent novel, Passing through Paradise, devised a heroine who uses Clairefontaine tablets and peacock-blue ink. This is no surprise, since the author herself always writes her first drafts with a special fountain pen, peacock-blue ink, and, yes, Clairefontaine notebooks. www.SusanWiggs.com
- Karen Traviss, a journalist from Hampshire, England, has collected pens since childhood. Now a science fiction writer with her first published trilogy, her method is to outline, plan and revise with a plain Clairefontaine notebook and a “real” pen. www.KarenTraviss.com
- Hawksley Workman, a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, penned a song about Clairefontaine because it is a paper he considers “very sexy”. The song—Claire Fontaine, appeared in his 2001 album, “Almost a Full Moon.” www.HawksleyWorkman.com