Mosaic / Reviews / March 3, 2011

Little Fat Book not fat or book

The “Spiral Fat Book” is a terribly confusing product. It is, ostensibly, a tiny notebook, with two hundred sheets of paper. Its dimensions are 5.5 inches by 4 inches even. The front is an indeterminate reddish-pink sheet of plastic with a pale white grid and stripes of a different indeterminate reddish-pink. Spiral Fat Book is distributed by Greenbrier International, INC. from Chesapeake, VA and is made in India. Based on this description alone it would seem to be a perfectly serviceable Spiral Fat Book. However, I take issue with Greenbrier International, INC. The simple fact of the matter is, Spiral Fat Book is in no way, shape or form, fat. It is, in fact, not particularly thicker than many other notebooks that are not called Spiral Fat Book.

Moreover, the Spiral Fat Book claims to be a book! It is not a book. The Oxford American Dictionary defines a book as being “a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.” Spiral Fat Book was not written in when I acquired it. I had to do that myself. Spiral Fat Book is neither glued nor sewn together. Rather, it is held together by flimsy metal wire that gets stuck on little bits of fabric in your backpack and becomes hopelessly mangled, making it difficult to turn the pages. Simply speaking, Spiral Fat Book is not a book. Nor is it fat. Thus, it should merely be referred to as Spiral.

In writing in Spiral (which I have to do because it is not actually book), I have found the paper to be serviceable lined paper that takes a pen well. However, it definitely lacks the heft that one would expect of a properly fat book. Fellow Co-Mosaic Editor Sheena Leano, though, did appreciate the fact that “it lasted a long time” due to the fact that it was durable and had many pages.

All that being said, once you get over the fact that Spiral is not a book nor fat, it can be re-purposed as a perfectly serviceable notebook, though it will never truly fulfill your need for a fat book.

Ben Reeves

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