Inspired by listening to the Too Beautiful To Live podcast featuring Davy Rothbart and reading his other book My Heart is an Idiot, I picked up Found at the library.
Found: The Best, Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items From Around The World is exactly what the title says it is. The book contains the notes, birthday cards, to-do lists, ticket stubs, and napkin confessionals picked up by people who are not the owners of them. FOUND is a magazine that Rothbart was inspired to compile after finding the “Mario Note” on the windshield of his car in 2000. He mentioned in the TBTL interview that, when he started the project that submissions came in droves. There is a universal intrigue in finding things. Pennies on the ground…ticket stubs…notes on windshields…In fact, I have a few notes and bookmarks that I’ve found in returned library books over the years.
In finding things, there is a sense of hope and mystery. The book of FOUND is a little messy and disorganized to keep up with, but what do you expect from a novelized version of a magazine put together with scissors and scotch tape?
Thumbs: 1 out of 2.