Let's begin with a bit of self-exposition. I buy blank books. In them, I doodle, write, paste clippings, generally take notes on life as I find it --with special attention to enigmas. Enigmas are puzzles which, if not noted or recorded, go oft unremembered because the mind has many other things to do. I have bought one blank book a year since the age of 16. I now have 50 of them, some in soft cover, others bound in board and buckram.