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Davy Rothbart Davy Rothbart publisher. contributor. FOUNDer

Davy Rothbart, creator of Found Magazine, is an author, frequent contributor to the radio program This American Life, and the subject of a documentary released in 2011. [www.foundmagazine.com]

I have a strong curiosity about the people I share the world with. And I like connecting people who wouldn’t ordinarily connect. One of the ways I play with this is through Found Magazine, an online collection of notes and things people have found on the ground, in the street, on the sidewalk, on the floor of a city bus or subway.

People find very personal, raw, and intimate notes and send them to me from all around the world. Reading these notes is a window into a deep and personal aspect of people, allowing us to really get to know strangers. We don’t know who they are, but we get to know them in a powerful way through the love letters, to-do lists, and journal entries they write and lose. They express themselves unselfconsciously – there’s often something beautiful and moving about the found notes. Some are heartbreaking. Some are hilarious. I feel I’m crossing paths with people in a powerful and intense way as I get a sense of what they’re going through.

I think it’s natural to be curious about what other people’s experiences of being human are like. Sometimes, when I pick up the Found Magazine mail, I go through it and laugh. Other times, I sit there laughing at myself, recognizing the same kind of pitiful note I myself have written a hundred times. Sometimes, I find myself crying, reading a note that’s particularly heartbreaking or full of longing. For the past nine years, these peeks into other people’s lives have brought me great meaning.

I also make documentary films. Right now I’m in southern Indiana making a documentary about a high school basketball team in this small, struggling town. What I love about making documentaries is the chance to meet people, to be in their homes, to see where they work, and to ask them what I want to know. It’s kind of like doing Found Magazine, but instead of being introduced to a stranger through a note they wrote and lost, the person is sitting right in front of me.

I’m always noticing the similarities between people, how alike everyone’s experiences are, whether they’re in a small town in Indiana or writing a note that’s found in a prison yard or in a fancy bank in Connecticut. What’s on people’s minds – love and loss and all those emotions – is noticeably universal.

– Davy Rothbart

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