Rhodia gets humid

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Living right next to the ocean, as I do whenever I’m in Westport, MA, has plenty of advantages. But it’s awfully hard on paper”not to mention wood, clothing, and anything else that degrades in the humidity.

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Over the course of a two-week stay this August, however, I was surprised to notice that the Rhodia pad I’d brought didn’t seem to mottle and curl like the paperbacks I had with me. As you can see from the photo above, it got a little wavy, but each page still yielded a writing surface that was more or less flat.

By comparison, check out my copy of And Then There’s This:

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It’s a little unfair, since the cover curl was advanced by my hands when I held the book, and not just the humidity, but still this is seriously sturdy paper.

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