Thus I felt it was time to think a lot more about the first phase of inquiry— that of the imaginative logic of discovery,
which in the case of anthropologists and many writers and other creative types, such as architects, painters, and filmmakers, to name the obvious, lies in notebooks that mix raw material of observation with reverie and in my own case at least, with drawings, watercolors, and cuttings from newspapers and other media. Not all notebooks are like this or do that. But the potential is always there, and the notebook offers you this invitation so long as you are prepared to kindle the mystique pertaining to documents that blend the inner and outer worlds.
– Michael Taussig, I Swear I Saw This