My all time favorite episode of This American Life is "Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time", which features a story by Davy Rothbart of FOUND Magazine. In the story, he talks about the shenanigans he gets into while on the road on a book tour, and how found objects have the ability to tell stories both of the owner and the finder. I don't want to spoil the shear comedy of the story, so go ahead and listen to it yourself!! Also, Davy is my #2 TAL crush, because Ira Glass already has my heart in the palm of his hand.
With Found VS Found, Davy Rothbart will be battling it out against found video footage this Friday at The Music Box Theater - and I just bought my tickets. YOU SHOULD TOO!!
"Two of the biggest names in found-object appropriation this side of Duchamp and Damon Packard, FOUND Magazine and the a/v dumpster-divers behind the Found Footage Festival face off to determine whose medium of un-killable ephemera triumphs: videos or notes. Davy Rothbart's Chicago-based magazine has home field advantage and greater name recognition — plus a lot more heart than the steadfastly ironist competition. But this is the city that birthed Everything Is Terrible! and treats FFF co-founders Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Letterman) like second citizens. If the battle doesn't sound juicy enough already, consider the tagline: "There will be music, comedy, and blood." - via Flavorwire