"I completely lost my mind and tried to rob a jewelry store. I flipped on my medications and didn't realize what I was doing."--former pitcher Jeff Reardon on his recent activity; 11.5 million dollars career earnings

Simply lost?

"MARRIOTT DISCLOSES MISSING DATA FILES; BACKUP TAPES LOST AT TIME-SHARE UNIT: Marriott International Inc.'s time-share division said yesterday that it is missing backup computer tapes containing credit card account information and the Social Security numbers of about 206,000 time-share owners and customers, as well as employees of the company. Officials at Marriott Vacation Club International said it is not clear whether the tapes, missing since mid-November, were stolen from the company's Orlando headquarters or whether they were simply lost."


Our Lady of Assumption school library policy #2

Students are responsible for returning materials in good condition and paying for any material that is lost or damaged. If a book is lost, the replacement cost will be the actual price of the book, with a minimum of $10.00. A flat fee of $5.00 will be charged for any lost magazine.


Readers! Writers!

Our next issue (No. 2; January) is now closed and being designed, and we're currently reading for issue No. 3 (February).

A sneak preview on losses we'll be writing about in January? The city of Detroit's; Native Americans'; the history of an NYC ghost town; library privileges; celebrities' appendages; and a whole lot more.

We'll need any timely submissions for our third (February) issue by January 2, but keep 'em coming any time (our submissions guidelines are at http://www.lostmag.com/contact.php). We're always reading.

And keep letting every person you've ever met know about issue No. 1 and www.lostmag.com, and keep visiting and reading yourself. Artificially high numbers are still, in our book, high.


On getting back in the game

"I haven't looked at a playbook in two years. I think I know my way around a 94-50 court. I know what I'm doing when I'm out there, but right now I'm a little bit lost."--Pat Riley


LOST is live

After many months of discussing lost people, places and things, and of meeting in bars and in passing, and after thousands of emails and debates and tinkerings, we at LOST Magazine are proud to finally present the magazine itself.

LOST is based on the premise that as we live our lives immersed in continuously changing landscapes, it's vital to review and remember what we, as individuals and as a culture, are leaving behind. So much goes lost -- the souls, money, fast food favorites, people, places, and things in this issue being only a small portion -- and recording these losses in prose brings them back, for a little while, for reflection, and for what they're worth.

And we believe they're worth a lot.

We all harbor people, places, and things in our memories: the people who have died or left us, the places that are falling or closing down, the things we've left behind or put away. It's self-punishment to recall them, sometimes, and sometimes recall is what keeps us going. And increasingly often, recall is simply impossible, because what's lost really is lost and fading from our collective memory each day.

And that's what LOST Magazine is about: using writing to inform us about the way things are by reminding us how (and what) they were.

LOST also exists because we're not the only ones. The writing you'll find on our pages speaks for itself, and while you'll find some fun features here, you'll also find a content-based site committed to its writing and writers, all of whom share a bond in bringing forth unique experiences of loss in their writing.

Please join us here on the first Monday of every month, but join us here even more than that: to visit the Classifieds and Blog, to forward your favorite essays and stories on to friends, and to enjoy a magazine where loss, by design, is found.