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My Heart is an Idiot: Found Magazine’s “Unfinished Business Tour”

Updated: Oct 09, 2013 08:14
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Found objects make rad stories.


And Davy Rothbart, founder of FOUND Magazine, teller of stories on This American Life, and author of My Heart is an Idiot s bringing his stories and found objects to San Francisco. He wears Elmo-red pants, rocks Metallica’s One as his hype music, and may or may not have sword-swallower Brett Loudermilk, DJ Mikah Tha Vipah (a.k.a. Hakim Selby), FOUND heartthrob Peter Rothbart, Found Footage Festival maestros Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, and/or desert crooner/storytelling madman Carson Mell along with him.

Prepare to be amazed and disturbed!

Rothbart got started with his odyssey into found objects in 2000:

“One snowy winter night in Chicago back in 2000, Davy went out to his car and found a note on his windshield — a note meant for someone else…”

From there he founded FOUND Magazine. Then he wrote this great book called My Heart is an Idiot. Now he’s on this Unfinished Business Tour.

I love the idea that found objects and notes carry their own story and can be art. When I was a kid I found this eagle sticker in my backyard and it became a talisman for my childhood. One of my favorite Richard Brautigan poems is just a note he found in a San Francisco laundromat.

Other people who know a thing or two about telling stories love his book, My Heart is an Idiot:

Dave Eggers says: “Davy Rothbart has the humor and purity of heart you want and need in an observer of contemporary American life. Without guile and with a belief in small towns, underdogs, love at first sight, the pull of the road, and the soulfulness of strangers, Rothbart is a kind of new-styled Bill Moyers — genuine, wide-eyed and hopeful.”

Ira Glass says: “I believe in Davy. He is a force to be reckoned with.”

And if you haven’t read the book, no problem. Here are some hilarious rave reviews from other people who haven’t read it either. Watch it all the way through so you can see Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield look-alikes a la Pulp Fiction weigh in. Awesome.

Oh, and the show is sponsored by Reboot and McSweeney’s.

Facebook event here.

So, basically, you should go.

FOUND Magazine’s Unfinished Business Tour 2013
Thursday, October 10th – 8:00PM
$10 in advance, $12 at the door
JCC-SF Arts & Ideas, 3200 California St.,
San Francisco CA,

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