An Ode to Brown Pens

Can I talk my shit again? 

Even if I ain't hit again?

Dawg are you fuckin' kidding me?

The poetry above was written and recited by great gift to mankind, Kanye West, in the eleventh song off his third album, Graduation, called The Glory

It seems apt, then, to begin this mini-mani(festo) on the general Glory of certain pens. Because your sentiment will turn Kanye West-like when presented with lesser writing utensils. 

Think for a moment: have you ever used a brown inked pen? No? Get one. It's just so much more fun than the usual ho-hum of black and blue and it looks so fun 'n' professional to boot. 

But no one even writes with PENS anymore, Charity!!! And that fucking Kanye album came out over EIGHT YEARS AGO!! LISTEN TO SOME NEW MUSIC AND ADAPT TO THE TIMEZZZZzzzzzZZZZzzzzz......

Sorry, I lost myself there. But behold. The brown inked pen is absolutely lovely. It takes visually-pleasing notes. It's just different enough to revive the longhand joie de vivre we collectively felt when those awesome Japanese gel pens made their way into our hearts in 2001. 

Top pen is this one bottom pen is this one. Notebook is Kate Spade and was a gift from my best friend. Stickers by Glossier and came with my Phase 1 Set. Also, I don't get paid by anyone for promoting products or anything. I buy everything with my own hard earned cash, and I have no problem talking about it.

Top pen is this one bottom pen is this one. Notebook is Kate Spade and was a gift from my best friend. Stickers by Glossier and came with my Phase 1 Set. Also, I don't get paid by anyone for promoting products or anything. I buy everything with my own hard earned cash, and I have no problem talking about it.

I have two brown pens I'm currently carting around in my Black-Hole Built By Isaac Mizrahi (BHBBIM). I just pulled them out because I found this thread on Quora discussing best books for overall knowledge and wanted to write them down.

Left page in Uniball Vision Elite. Right page in Papermate Inkjoy.

Left page in Uniball Vision Elite. Right page in Papermate Inkjoy.

I think those are perfect to put in the impending "New Year's Resolution" repository. Hence: the two brown pens. Which brings me here. Where I will now tell you the type of pen each is. And the brief history of how I acquired them. 

1. Papermate InkJoy 110 RT 1.0M: For the ballpoint lover in all of us. I acquired this little gem after signing a check in a restaurant and being so delighted by my post-meal signature that I bumped the tip up and swiped the pen. It's lovely, writes easily and is overall delightful. 10/10 for its OG click.

2. Uniball Vision Elite: This little babe is a gel pen that I bought for my office after my best friend bought a pack and RAVED about the brown ink. I turned around and got a pack for my boss (for his powerful signature) and myself (for scrawled notes). 

Overall, a great crisp pen. It's an instrument that makes me want to be a better person, the type with legible handwriting. 

I'm not a paper-purist (if that's a thing?). I use my Notes app and OneNote and my email drafts, and sticky notes... among other things... to keep track of my thoughts - but it's nice to write things out longhand.

Now, who wants to book club it up with me? Those seven books look awesome. And I'm really nosey about how other people remember stuff. Does anyone have any other cool ways to remember stuff? Can you show me pics of your mini-notebook? Do you know any books that'll improve overall knowledge? 

I love you. 

You can click through some selfies if you want? 

PS: I use bookmarker website Delicious.com to store links, and the aforementioned email drafts that never get sent; I also really like that Facebook lets you bookmark articles, and yeah, the notes app.