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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

April 9, 2007
"My wife is a good looking woman but she has a problem. She loves money and will fuck any man for it."

"Bud, you're Hot! Unlock your Door now 4 A great Blowjob! (you won't Be sorry)"

"It was a great night Brendan even if it was in a van! But I was with you, Luv Jennifer P.S. Lets do it again XOXOX"

We've all written notes, both innocent and a wee bit racy. We've given them to best friends, relatives, and significant others, often without much thought as to what will become of them. Having made a venture of finding these intimate personal items once discarded, and then publishing them in magazine and book collections, Jason Bitner, Arthur Jones and their cohorts at Found provide ample reason to pause and wonder what those people do with these notes after reading them.

The excerpts above are examples of the raunchy depths to which Dirty Found #3 dives. Also consisting of photographs and drawings, this issue is part Playboy, part scavenger recollection, and part voyeuristic glimpse into a revealing, long-lost diary of society.

Dirty Found #3 starts out as any underground 'art-filth' magazine should: consecutive photographs of a dude getting a BJ and some chick getting her vageej worked on. Woah, it's on, folks! Although the issue is chock full of such blatant sexual images (nude men and women, and a notably disturbing drag queen), there is a pure and intriguing element to the way these scraps were discovered. Accompanying each letter, note, photo, and drawing is a descriptive caption, usually detailing where and in what nature the find was made. A few examples are especially captivating; - the caption accompanying one photograph, of a nude woman in a bathtub, says the photo was found inside a Leonard Cohen book at a yard sale, and that the woman in the picture was the person selling the book (yeesh, awkward). Another caption, accompanying several depictions of animals having sex, explains that the drawings were found in a cabin in the woods after a family had moved out. Creeeepy.

Those who dismiss the Dirty Found series as smut are not completely unjustified in their assessment. However, these prudes are also overlooking the comedy of lust letters (and their hilarious epithets of "Tasty Lollipop" or "Wiggly Bottom") and the weirdness of public fliers ("Kenneth Carson AKA Lil Kenney capable of givin' yo ass a STD and not givin a fuck!!!"), not to mention the chance to peer into the intimate - and bizarre - relationships of strangers (an eight-page collage of correspondence between Ricky and Susie is especially desperate and na´ve).

As with all other Found collections, each discovered piece of Dirty Found #3 is fodder for wonderment; one can't help but ponder their origins. In this case, one also frequently wonders why the items were created in the first place, and what kind of individuals the subjects are/were. Even if it happens to make you blush, Dirty Found #3 is a uniquely produced magazine that is worth checking out.

SEE ALSO: www.dirtyfound.com

Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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