The Japanese blog I mentioned before is conducting a survey of its readers, and I find that lots of other people besides me love the series showing his friends’ pencil cases. Because, in fact, you don’t get to see other people’s pencases that often. So I am posting one of mine today, allotted to German and Swiss pencils.
Once upon a time my whole pencil collection fit in a single shoebox. Now it’s getting difficult for me to find specific pencils. So now I divide my current use/test pencils into three or four cases – German/Swiss, Japanese, and American. The case is Lamy, one that my Joy calligraphy pen came packaged in. It’s long and deep enough to store most pencils.
Looking at the assortment of pencils, I am reminded by something James Wood wrote in the New Yorker regarding personal libraries:
“[…] in any private library the totality of books is meaningful, while each individual volume is relatively meaningless. Or, rather, once separated from its family, each individual book becomes relatively meaningless in relation to the original collector, but suddenly newly meaningful as the totality of the author’s mind.”