Found Magazine is itself a real find: it’s a collection of the poignant, funny, frightening and just outright odd bits and pieces of paper that slip through life’s cracks. As the website says:
We collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, telephone bills, doodles – anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life. Anything goes…
There’s a voyeuristic thrill to be had browsing Found Magazine’s submissions, sent in from all over the world; here’s a letter to someone’s father on Hello Kitty paper, asking why his or her letters were being returned, here’s a picture of two girls wearing colourful “poo hats”, here’s a to-do list, including, heartbreakingly, “go to the cemetery and talk to my mom”. It’s endlessly fascinating, and endlessly moving, to browse the detritus of the past few decades, and muse over the modern condition. Oh, and it’s great if you’re just incurably nosy, too. Ahem.
Found Magazine has a print edition too – each issue hand-customised with finds. OK, so it’s the epitome of hipster cool, but we love it anyway.
Honourable mention: Lowculture.co.uk – a website that understands the attraction of proper, unashamed trashy TV. Like Footballers Wives? Then you’ll love Lowculture. Although we miss the old rating system, where instead of stars, programmes were awarded Tanya Turners.