Coming to the Triangle this weekend is FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour: My Heart Is an Idiot. The tour, with events in Chapel Hill and Durham, will feature the magazine’s creator Davy Rothbart who will be reading from his new book of essays, My Heart Is an Idiot, and Peter Rothbart, Davy’s brother and skilled musician. Peter recently released the album “You Are What You Dream.” The official press release for the tour promises a night of both literary and musical entertainment and having had a chance to listen to Peter’s most recent album and read Davy’s new book of essays, I would highly suggest attending either one of these performances. As a literary columnist, I would suggest picking up Davy’s My Heart Is an Idiot. This collection of essays is a lot of things: refreshing, unpredictable, honest, human, and enthralling. Davy writes about what he knows and these vignettes from his life exude so much of what it means to be human in such a dynamic manner that anyone who begins reading is likely to find him or herself consuming page after page until nothing remains. I find Davy’s writing particularly engaging when he is writing about love and loss, two emotions which unfortunately tend to dovetail for us all. The short story “Human Snowball” is particularly poignant and beautiful. Davy‘s writing has echoes of Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son and Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys. What I like best about this collection though is that it is well-balanced with stories ranging from hilarious and heart-warming to crude and depraved. Seriously, pick it up here.
To read more about the tour please visit its site here.
To read more about Peter and his music in particular, please visit his site here.
You can see Davy and Peter perform Friday, 14 December at 7 pm in Chapel Hill at Flyleaf Books located at 752 MLK Jr. Blvd. Admission there is free.
You can see Davy and Peter perform Saturday, 15 December at 8 pm in Durham at The Casbah located at 1007 W. Main St.. Admission there is $5 at the door.