Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Check Out: Found Magazine

Here is how Found editors describe themselves:

“we collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life. anything goes.

we certainly didn't invent the idea of found stuff being cool. every time we visit our friends in other towns, someone's always got some kinda unbelievable found note or photo on their fridge. we wanted to make a magazine so that everyone can check out all the strange, hilarious and heartbreaking things people've picked up.”

Although, sometimes there is a sense of voyeurism while perusing Found magazine, I can’t help but be fascinated by the notes and pictures people have discovered. Sometimes the items are so weird or outrageous one might imagine an equally wacky back-story to explain it. At other times, the pictures and notes are extremely familiar. These can be equally interesting, as they reveal how damn similar everyone can be. The very concept of Found can make you more aware of your surroundings, like a scavenger hunt that is always on. In fact, I have even submitted one item to the people at Found.

The Found people also have a book out. So, if you can’t find the magazine try:

Found : The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World

By: Davy Rothbart


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