Found Magazine turns up at Association for Visual Arts

By Staff Report Article posted on Thu. Dec. 6th, 2012


• What: Found Magazine's 10th Anniversary Tour.

• When: 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

• Where: Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave.

• Admission: $5 (tickets online or at the door).

• Phone: 265-4282.

• Website:


According to brothers Davy and Peter Rothbart, Found Magazine was born in Chicago in 2000 when Davy found a note on his windshield that was meant for someone else, a guy named Mario.

The letter writer, Amber, thought Mario was two-timing her, based on her belief that Davy's car was Mario's parked at another woman's place. Its 34 words flung out three hard-core obscenities, three proclamations of hate and a stinging "liar" accusation, but it ended with the hopeful postscript: "Page me later."

They founded the magazine to give such finds a forum.


The founders/editors of Found Magazine will bring the magazine's 10th anniversary tour to Chattanooga on Monday. The sojourn at the Association for Visual Arts is among 79 stops in 37 states by brothers Davy and Peter Rothbart.

For the uninitiated, the magazine's content offers a glimpse into the private lives of others through handwritten notes that have been documented in love letters, birthday cards, to-do lists, poetry on napkins and other sources of inspiration. Submissions pour in each month from readers around the world.

At each tour stop, Davy shares the latest mesmerizing finds that have landed in the magazine's mailbox, as well as those included in his new book of personal essays, "My Heart Is an Idiot." Peter, meanwhile, entertains with songs based on Found notes.

Davy writes regularly for GQ and Grantland magazines. The 2010 independent film "Easier With Practice" was adapted from one of his GQ stories.

Peter is an award-winning songwriter and the frontman for folk/rock group The Poem Adept.

Monthly archives of finds can be found at The website lists Leo Handmade, 149 River St., as the only area distributor of the magazine.

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