Davy Rothbart entertains the audience at Pop!Tech 2005 by sharing the lost or discarded letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists and other various scraps that he regularly collects from people all over the country.
The thoughts contained in a brief note, or offhand comments scribbled in the margin of a to-do list expose genuine emotions of love, anger, hope, or desperation. There is the defensive note from a mother to her son, the announcement seeking like-minded individuals to join a band or the simple but hilarious note from a son to his dad found at a carnival. These little scraps of paper offer a unique snapshot into the minds of their authors, and provide a powerful sense of who they really are.
Rothbart, the creator and editor of FOUND Magazine, delivers a very entertaining presentation based on material collected since the magazine debuted in June of 2001. He further adds to the presentation by sharing some quite humorous encounters he has had as he regularly travels the country promoting the project and appearing on morning talk shows.
Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, which has been praised by publications as diverse as Spin, GQ, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times and U.S. News & World Report. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's This American Life, a documentary filmmaker, and the author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. Davy lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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