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High school notes confiscated from class are rendered artistically in this strange and interesting collection published by McSweeney's. "I am strangely mesmerized by this cross between a high school kid's notebook and a 21st-century pen and ink retrospective," writes Ketzel Levine when including it in her roundup of holiday gift books.

About the Book

As a substitute teacher in Los Angeles, Trinie Dalton found herself required to confiscate the notes passed among her students. What began as disciplinary action soon became an obsession, and after three years Dalton had amassed hundreds of notes. The best of these were then sent to twenty-four artists, visionary doodlers who illustrated, interpreted, and reimagined. The results are collected in Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is: sloppy and beautiful, familar and enigmatic, a semester of extracurricular activities. Contributing artists include Jim Drain, the Clayton brothers, Jonathon Rosen, Marcel Dzama, Kevin Christy, Jason Holley, Leanne Shapton, Jacob McGraw-Mickelson, Leah Hayes, Leif Goldberg, Calef Brown, Joel Smith, Martha Rich, Esther Pearl Watson, Paper Rad, Shelley Dick, Mark Miller, Misaki Kawai, Justin Wood, Gary Taxali, Rachell Sumpter, Mike Shaub, and Ashley Macomber.

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by Lisa Wagner, Trinie Dalton and Eli Horowitz

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