December 2, 2004 |
Davy Rothbart created Found Magazine three years ago. But you'd forgive the 29-year-old for feeling a bit lost these days. He's in the final weeks of a 136-city tour to tout his book, "Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items." Like the magazine, it's a collection of discarded lists, love notes, hate letters, doodles and Polaroids. Since pulling out of Ann Arbor, Mich.
May 25, 2004 |
One ordinary day, you're walking down the street, and suddenly something glinting in the sun catches your eye. Maybe it's a quarter, maybe just a piece of tin foil. But maybe, just maybe, it's a treasure; a lost key, a dime-store ring, a fork flattened by years of traffic. You bend down to get a closer look, and then, when no one is looking, slip it in your pocket. And you're not alone. Just look through the pages of Found magazine.
June 13, 2004
*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction *--* *--* 1 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket Books: $7.99) A Harvard scholar uncovers a vendetta against the Catholic Church. 2 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Vintage: $12) An autistic teen seeks a killer. 3 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Broadway: $13.95) A college grad enters fashion publishing. 4 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead: $14) A writer returns to Kabul to rescue the son of a childhood friend.
November 7, 2013 |
The depressed farming community of Medora, Ind., is the focus of the often-somber documentary appropriately titled "Medora. " The film, directed by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, works as an earnest snapshot of a certain kind of small town that's struggling to exist amid economic downturns, shuttered workplaces and a stultifying lack of hope or progress. It's a sad commentary about people and places that get left behind - the wholesale disappearance of the American dream. As a compelling viewing experience, however, "Medora," which counts actors Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci among its executive producers, falls short as it follows members of the town's hapless high school basketball team over the course of a single school year.
July 31, 2005 |
----- The History of Vegas Stories Jodi Angel Chronicle Books: 188 pp., $19.95 This precarious world is putty in Jodi Angel's nimble hands. Really bad parenting lurks in the corners of most of these stark stories, the kind that makes clever survivors out of innocent children. In "Portions," a teenager serves as substitute mother to her grossly overweight little sister, who is threatened with suspension from school if she does not show up for swim class.
February 26, 2010
Kyle Patrick Alvarez's totally captivating "Easier With Practice" is the kind of film that can make going to the movies so rewarding. This fresh and flawless adaptation of an autobiographical story by Davy Rothbart is a joy to behold. Its people are in their 20s, but what they experience is ageless, timeless and universal. With "The Hurt Locker" and several other key films before that, notably "Jarhead," Brian Geraghty emerges as an engaging actor of impressive range and depth and a winning understated manner.