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Requiem for a Paper Bag: Celebrities and Civilians Tell Stories of the Best Lost, Tossed, and Found Items from Around the World (Found Anthology) Paperback – May 5, 2009
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With two national best sellers (Found and Found II), a magazine of the same name and accompanying web site, and a road show across America already in place, Rothbart adds this collection of 67 pieces submitted by writers, musicians, and friends. Rothbart invited contributors—including such well-known figures as comedian Andy Samberg, musician Andrew Bird, and writers Tom Robbins, Susan Orlean, Dave Eggers, and Paulo Coelho—to share their finds or to include a short piece of fiction based on a find. Bich Minh Nguyen (Stealing Buddha's Dinner) found a photograph of her mother, whom she'd never met; Samberg found a ten-dollar bill with an obscenity written on it; Orlean found the idea for a book about orchids. Various selections are fascinating, disturbing, funny, poetic, graphic, personal, illuminating, and combinations of these. Clearly, Rothbart's idea has found a following, and his book is a keeper.—Anthony Pucci, Notre Dame H.S., Elmira, NY
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"Found is a quirky lens into the flotsam and jetsam of humanity." -- Chicago Tribune
"Found is as unexpected as a tumbleweed." -- The New Yorker
"I love Found! The tales in this book prove that life is full of surprises; when you keep your eyes on the ground, you never know what you're gonna find!" -- Drew Barrymore
"Found is a trash picker's and anthropologist's dream come true!" -- Los Angeles Times
"Found is a powerful fix for thinking voyeurs!" -- The Boston Globe
"Pick up a copy of Found and be instantly utterly fascinated." -- The Guardian (UK)
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As a writer, I can also so that it's a great tool for anyone interested in finding new ways to examine and think about objects and how they relate to our everyday lives.
I guess I never thought much about the peculiar items that are lost and found: a frog, a lobster, a bloody jockstrap, a Bob Dylan letter, a bag of bottles to be recycled. Scraps of paper with lists or notes or cryptic sentences. A falling bullet.
Many of the writers talk about the universal qualities of lost and/or found items, their significance, their mystery. Others describe their personal connection to the items. It's quirky, unexpected, and fascinating.
The book encourages a sense of wonder about the world. Maybe instead of stopping to smell the roses, I should pay attention to the stuff lying in the gutter.
I'm glad I found this book.