When a reporter's notebook won't do
Published: December 29, 2004
|Next time you're about to throw out the cardboard that's sold with men's shirts, you may want to consider its journalistic value.|
Gay Talese cuts up such shirtboard into narrow strips that he usually carries with him when reporting. Stiff, but not bulky like a reporter's notebook, the strips are good for letting him furtively jot down notes.
"When I'm using these, I'm usually just getting a sense of things that I want to be reminded of," he says. "I'm obviously not going to get much on this. But it's like the one, two, three, four, five points we discussed today."