Thursday, April 16, 2009

Davy Does It Again!

Our good friend Davy Rothbart, known internationally as the point guard for Found Magazine and a flagrant hack on the basketball court, has just edited another great collection of Found material, Requiem for a Paper Bag. Unlike Found Magazine and the 2 Found books, however, this book is an anthology in which celebrities and civilians tell stories of the best lost, tossed, and found items from around the world. Miranda July, for example, writes about finding a painting of a quail that makes it into a final scene in her film You, Me, and Everyone We Know, and of how being receptive to "found moments" has shaped her artistic vision. David Simon relates how, while working on his book Homicide, he poured through old crime files and was set on a quest to find a missing letter from Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan) that had disappeared from one such folder. And, for those of you partial to local history, Tom Robbins tells a great story of how he literally found his second wife at a downtown Richmond bar. This is such a great book, filled with short, touching stories. If you are familiar with Found Magazine, you will know how the shortest discarded note can hint at hidden and secret worlds. The difference with Requiem for a Paper Bag is that you get to read about the great imagined worlds that are inspired in others. This book will be released and on sale in early May.

Davy and Peter Rothbart will be in town on May 2nd for a limited engagement at Gallery 5. Doors will open at 7:15 and the show will start at 8. A $5 cover will guarantee you a night of Found wonder.

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