Our last LOST

LOST Magazine has now published hundreds of accomplished and emerging writers over its 41 issues, and this winter marks the sixth anniversary of its first issue. LOST wouldn't have been what it is without your readership. And now, LOST is ready to be what it's been all about.

We published one final issue on Monday, themed LAST LOST, and featuring our ten most viewed (and two least-viewed) pieces from our run. (We'll see if you can tell which those are!)

We're also hosting an event at The Half King in New York, on December 5 at 7:00. We'll reveal the most and least read pieces from our run, and we'd love to see you there to celebrate LOST and everything we've been able to do with your support.


John Parsley and everyone at LOST


Lost Last Month

September 2011

A gap in lower Manhattan, and the lack of a memorial for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, after the spectacular Memorial Plaza opens on the site of the former World Trade Center. The U.S. Open tennis championship, by Serena William to Samantha Stosur, and by Rafael Nadal to Novak Djokovic. The far fetched nature of science fiction, when scientists at NASA announce the discovery of a planet orbiting two suns, making it the first unambiguous detection of a circumbinary planet. The mystery over the remains of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, found on the site of Pentridge Prison in Melbourne. Rock band R.E.M., announcing their split up after thirty years together. Support for the death penalty, following Troy Davis's execution in Georgia. Iran's popularity, when President Ahmadinejad addresses the General Assembly of the U.N. and the U.S. and European nations walk out. Two American hikers' captivity, finally set free on bail after being detained as spies for two years in an Iranian prison.


Lost Last Month

August 2011

The original U.S. debt ceiling, after the Senate passes legislation to raise it, which President Obama signs into law. Fear and terror, when Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords bravely makes her first appearance on Capitol Hill since being shot, in order to vote on the bill. The NFL lockout, after players ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. Thirty-seven lives, many of which were members of the U.S. Navy SEALs, in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Great American lyricist Jerry Leiber, 78. The credit rating of the United States, immediately followed by a stock market decline. President Obama's health care insurance mandate, struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Steve Jobs's job, after he resigns as CEO of Apple.


Lost Last Month

July 2011

Water, to a devastating degree, throughout the Horn of Africa. Greece's credit rating. America's 30-year Space Shuttle program, after Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center to close its final mission. British artist Lucien Freud, 88. "Don't ask, don't tell," the ban on gay men and women in the military, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit orders the Obama administration to stop enforcing the policy. The sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, after concerns over the credibility of the alleged victim arise. The Wimbledon championships by Maria Sharapova to Petra Kvitova, and by Rafael Nadal to the new world number one, Novak Djokovic. The whereabouts of the Higgs boson, aka "the god particle," as experiments continue at the Tevatron and Large Hadron Colliders. Nearly 100 Norwegian lives, after a bomb explodes in Oslo and a deranged gunman opens fire at a camp in Utøva. English singer Amy Winehouse, 27. Sports records, when cyclist Cadel Evans becomes the first Australian to win the Tour de France and former Welsh rugby player Richard Parks becomes the first person ever to complete the Explorers Grand Slam - climbing all of the Seven Summits and reaching both the North and South Poles in a single calendar year.


The Modern Man's Guide to Faucet Repair, by Nick Kolakowski

[Today's Guest Post takes on our current theme, LOST HOME.]

Think that leaky faucet's too difficult to repair on your own? Think again. With a few simple tools and a little bit of time and patience, you can eliminate that annoying drip and save yourself some cash on your next water bill. Ready? Then let’s get it done!

You Will Need:

1. Adjustable Wrench
2. Flat Blade (Screwdriver or Knife)
3. Phillips-Head Screwdriver
4. Rubber Washers
5. Duct Tape

Step One: Turn Off the Water Supply

You can usually find shutoffs for both the hot and cold water-taps underneath the sink. Turn the two handles clockwise until tight. Next, run the taps until the water stops.

Step Two: Plug the Drain

You don’t want to accidentally lose a screw down there.

Step Three: Remove the Handle Screw

Depending on your faucet's make and model, the screws connecting the handles to the faucet assembly can be found under the plastic covers marked 'H' and 'C.' If you know which tap is the culprit, pry that cover loose—carefully—with your flat blade. (If you're unsure, you may need to do both.)

With the cover removed, you should see the top of the screw. While you remove it with the Phillips-head screwdriver (remember: righty tight-y, lefty loose-y), cast a thought toward the Rust Belt and its manufacturing towns, their silent factories decaying brick by brick into the weeds. Towns whose jobs drifted across the ocean to places whose names are maybe a little hard to pronounce, and whose people were maybe a little more willing to work for next to nothing. When did that transition start? Why can so few of us fix things anymore? Why is this probably the first time you’ve stared into your sink's insides, surprised at the geologic layers of calcification and rust?

Step Four: Remove the Handle

Cover the jaws of your wrench with duct tape, to prevent scratching the handle as you pull it free of the faucet assembly. Remember that failure to remove something as pitifully small as a faucet handle automatically places your testicular fortitude at risk. You will pull and pull and pull, the handle still refusing to budge, and somewhere in the ether, your ancestors in their fur-lined armor will break into virile chortling at your weakness. Pull harder, little man! You risk shaming your very genes!

It's off? Excellent. You and your intact ego can proceed to the next step.

Step Five: Unscrew the Faucet Under-Assembly

Chances are pretty good your grandfather owned a garage and basement lined with well-tended (and much-used) tools. Your father and his brothers, we bet, spent years learning the manly arts of car and house repair. They followed in the footsteps of family members from the sepia-toned past, who could do everything from butcher pigs and plant crops to build their own outhouses—all before breakfast. People once knew how to maintain their things and keep them running, in the years before the rise of disposable culture and corporations dedicated to pumping out an endless stream of new-and-improved crap, which in turn trapped your own life in this endless cycle of toss and replace, toss and replace…

Oh, sorry. We're drifting everywhere today, aren't we? Use the wrench to unscrew the faucet under-assembly. Remember to set any loose screws and other parts in a safe place.

Step Six: Replace the Rubber Washer

What's the problem? The under-assembly's not coming loose?

No, it's okay. Try it again: tighten the wrench around that little bugger and turn. Harder. No, harder. Brace a foot against the side of the sink and turn with every ounce of strength you can muster. Remember: ancestors, laughter, spiritual emasculation, etc.

What was that popping sound? Your spine, you say? Based on your nonplussed expression, those vertebrae are probably bent worse than a Tetris piece. No, we’re kidding. Maybe. Do you have painkillers in that medicine cabinet, or a bottle of something high-proof downstairs? You’re not one of those pansies whose idea of a risky drink is an organic fruit smoothie with a "shot" of wheatgrass, are you?

Step Seven: Finally Call A Plumber, Okay? Please?

At least you can feel your legs. If you can manage the pain, it might be a good idea at this point to reassemble the faucet handle before phoning your friendly neighborhood pipe jockey. Wouldn't want anyone to think you'd failed at such a simple task, right? But make sure to keep the water shut off, to prevent that maddening drip-drip-drip. That'd be the sound of the house—yes, your humble abode, underwater mortgage and all—laughing at you.


Lost Last Month

June 2011

Stability in Greece, after Prime Minister Papandreou presents a plan for more austerity measures in an effort to avoid defaulting on its debt. In response, Greek unions initiate a general strike and protestors flood parliament, with similar protests bubbling up in Spain. The US government's stake in Chrysler, to Italian automaker Fiat. The dearth of Asian tennis champions, after Li Na of China becomes the first to win a major singles title when she takes the French Open. Meningitis cases in Africa, lowest in an epidemic season, after cheaper vaccinations are made available by an Indian generic drug maker in conjunction with a non-profit. The NBA Finals, by the Miami Heat to the Dallas Mavericks. Jack Kevorkian, 83. The life span of Ayman al-Zawahiri, named Osama bin Laden's successor as head of al-Qaeda. Outstanding business for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, when trial begins for accused war criminal Ratko Mladić. French war spoils, when ancient Korean royal books looted by troops in 1866 are returned to South


Wrote Early, Wrote Often: Surveying the Essays (so far) of Alan Huffman

When LOST started publishing, over five years, 40 issues, and 300 contributors ago, a few things were clear. We were going to be an online-only magazine when that wasn't as often a writer's first choice. We wanted to put the writing before everything else. And we had no idea if we'd get a single submission after we launched.

Online magazines have proliferated since 2005. We're still putting the writing first. And we've been blessed with terrific submissions and by some frequent contributors.

Alan Huffman's work for LOST Magazine represents the kind of like-minds connection we only hoped for five years ago. It's not a question of whether we'd like to publish Alan; it's when. And in the case of our current issue, the entire theme was built around Alan's new piece, "Altorf," which came in before we'd decided what the theme should be. Because of this piece, which excavates in words a torn-down and well-remembered house, the issue is "HOME."

Take a look through Alan's work for us; the six pieces show tremendous range but always come back to an appreciation of the glanced-by, the stumbled-over. In his first piece, he showed that online publishing doesn't need to be short--in fact, the forum is ideal for longer works, especially in the case of Alan's essay on the art lost in Hurricane Katrina, one year after. "Katrina's Art" is a startling piece of lasting quality and power, and one we were most proud to publish.

Alan has ranged over a set of lost slave tags, the whereabouts and life of actor Jan Michael Vincent, the aftermath of the sinking of the Sultana, America's worst maritime disaster (an excerpt from his book on the same); and the details raised by every bite of his mother's Lemon Meringue Pie.

We'd love your thoughts on these essays, and we'd love to be able to experience them again for the first time, if that's what you're about to do.