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At brunch one day at Hudson View Restaurant in Washington Heights, the guy next to me had a stunning iPad case that I initially mistook for a Moleskine notebook.  When I asked him about it, he responded, “DODOcase.  It’s rad!”  I agree – totally rad.  Each DODOcase is handmade in San Francisco, and the craftsmanship is impeccable.  Visit the DODOcase website for more information about how they’re made.  Though I don’t want an iPad, I do want one of these cases.

(Also, hello, Yesterday Was Not Dull is back!  Did you miss me?)

Found via Coates and Scarry.  Mike Stilkey is a visual artist who paints on book pages, book covers, and stacks of books.  I find his paintings incredibly captivating, especially the frequent juxtaposition of melancholic figures against colorful book spines.  Do check out his website and Coates and Scarry’s interview with him about his work, particularly his recent installation at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibition “Art from the New World.”  Here is “Enemy in the house” by Mike Stilkey:

If you like graphic novels, math, philosophy, logic, or anything, really, you absolutely must read Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth.  The graphic novel, written by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou and illustrated by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna, is an amazing look at the life and work of Bertrand Russell.  As a computer science major who also dreams of being a graphic novelist, I am mesmerized both by the story itself and by the ways in which the storytellers present it visually.  Unlike most graphic novels I’ve read, Logicomix features illustrated scenes of discussions between the book’s creators, and the interweaving of their storyline with that of Russell and his fellow logicians is especially intriguing.  Logicomix is an excellent read – no wonder it made the New York Times Bestseller list!

Andrew McDonald‘s blog post “A Pictorial Guide to Avoiding Camera Loss” made me laugh.  What a clever idea, and a perfectly executed one at that!  I like the way this guy thinks.  He recently published a children’s book called The Greatest Blogger In The World, which I think I need to buy because I imagine it is what my life would have been like if I had been born ten years later.

Moleskine has a new collection of notebooks, The Passion Collection, designed to help you keep track of the things you love.  Maybe I blog too much – when I saw this collection, I thought, “Oh, so it’s like blog post categories!  But where’s the journal for Stop-Motion?”  One wonders why the Passions collection only includes Music, Wine, Wellness, Books, Film, and Recipes.  What about Art and Travel?  Technology?  Regardless, the Passion Collection notebooks are sharp, well-crafted, and sure to appeal to people who like to keep their thoughts organized.