FOUND Magazine

I first “discovered” this magazine from a friend on my hall. Created by Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner, FOUND magazine takes ordinary things and publishes them. Photos, doodles, diary pages, love letters, printed emails found in a parking lot, death threats, etc. It also has occasional interviews with prolific stuff-finders, like teachers and used book dealers. The third issue is due out sometime this fall, and I can’t wait.

Rated 4/5


This is certainly a great idea. The only reason it doesn’t get a 5 out of 5 is that the magazine is still somewhat new (two issues so far), so given time people will send in more found stuff and the quality/humor level will go up significantly. Right now I’d rate about 50% of the items funny (with about 10% being drag-your-roommate-in-to-show-them hilarious), 35% deep or poignant, and 15% beautiful or insightful but not particularly exciting. The quality interviews will probably improve with time, too.

Rated 5/5


This magazine ought to appeal to everyone, except for particularly prudish grandmothers (some “love” letters get a bit graphic, and the death threats are a bit profane). I want to have a coffee table so I can keep this magazine on it. It’s up there with the Onion in terms of pick-it-up-and-read-a-bit status. I regret reading most of it in one lump, because I think I would have enjoyed some of the weirder notes more compared with the rest of my day instead of against each other.

Rated 3/5


Although you can find it online and order a subscription there, it’s not widely carried by bookstores, especially chains. It’s more expensive to order a subscription ($7 instead of $5 each because of shipping), but hopefully in a few years you’ll be able to find it around more.

Rated 5/5


For $5-$7 per magazine (depending on whether you subscribe or buy it in an independent bookstore), it’s wonderful. Hardly any ads (a classified section in the back), a good quality of paper and printing, all in color, and longer than most magazines.

Rated 4/5

Life-changing effect

Well, I pick up a lot more litter now. And occasionally I find something interesting that makes me think. So far, my conclusion is that humanity in general is a really bad speller. Honestly, though, it makes walking down the street a lot more exciting because every little piece of trash could be a confusing or humorous glimpse into a stranger’s life.

Rated 5/5


5 out of 5. I enjoy an ad-free magazine that makes me laugh, and that costs less than seeing “Titanic” for the fourth time. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is bored by National Geographic or Vogue, or math class, or the doctor’s office, or basically anything else in life.