Rudolph and Santa

First stop, the Antiques Roadshow, next stop, the stars -- read more about the last two remaning puppets from the production of the 1964 classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

  • NY Times: Rudolph and Santa, as Good as New
  • 12.07.2006

    Lost to history

    The New York Times is running 64-year-old unpublished dispatches from a wrecked Pearl Harbor -- and glimpses at losing, the lost, and the found.

  • NY Times: A Day of Infamy, Two Years of Hard Work
  • 12.04.2006

    Lift-off! LOST is "LOST in Space"!

    That's one giant step for lost-kind.

    And one giant redesign.

    It's the first Monday of December, and LOST Magazine has gone "LOST in Space" for the next two months. Visit www.lostmag.com now for a specially-designed issue featuring the work of astronauts, astronomers, and poets.

    Last June, LOST published its first special issue, "LOST at Sea." And once again, LOST feels like a kind of ship, with this new special issue devoted to everything outerspace.

    To read writing mourning the planet's lost dark skies, its space pioneers, and its video games, and to look in on lens-makers, NASA politics, and what satellites see, come get lost with us.

    We'll be back on Earth in February 2007, and we're reading submissions for February and beyond now. Send, send away!


    LOST in Space on Television

    In anticipation of our "LOST in Space" special issue, check out the official website of the TV program with the same name:


    Seen my ball?

    In advance of our upcoming "LOST in Space" issue, we'll be highlighting current space/loss-related news on the blog this week. And in the spirit of starting out strong, here's a short piece about the latest golf ball to go into orbit.

  • NY Times: From Outer Space, a Cry of Fore!
  • 11.26.2006

    Space issue closed! Submit for February!

    Our space issue (December/January) is now closed to submissions and is in design (we'll return to our regular format for our February 2007 issue and are reading for that issue and beyond). It's an exciting issue, with essays, poetry, and fiction by astronauts, astronomers, and poets. It'll be here next Sunday at midnight.

    Art Loss Register

  • Chi Tribune: Loss database one answer to art thievery
  • 11.21.2006

    Outta space

    On December 4, 2006, LOST will publish its second special issue, "LOST in Space."

    It's one small step for LOST; one great step for LOST-kind.


    Full circle

    Please visit http://www.teamestill.blogspot.com/ to read our author Sharon Estill's Taylor's blog post about her father's funeral last month, and read more about the events that made the day possible in LOST No. 3:
  • "A Daughter's Search for Her Phantom Father"
  • 11.12.2006

    Notice: Unclaimed Gulf Coast art

    As a result of Alan Huffman's essay in LOST Magazine's issue No. 8,
  • "Katrina's Art
  • , we have received queries about art lost on the Gulf Coast during and after Hurricane Katrina.

    If you have found any works by painter Jo Bailey (Jo Bailey's name would be painted in the lower righthand corner, with the date included), please email us at general@lostmag.com. We will put you in touch with the artist's family, which is looking for Jo Bailey's works, many of which washed away in Long Beach, MS.

    And please contact us if you know of reputable services or organizations putting people in touch with their found but unclaimed Gulf Coast art.

    Pygmy culture

  • WA Post: Lured Toward Modern Life, Pygmy Families Left in Limbo
  • 11.09.2006

    Republicans lose U.S. Senate

  • Yahoo: Sen. Allen concedes defeat in Virginia
  • lost job; lost Senate?

    "Faced with the collapse of his Republican majority in Congress, President Bush responded swiftly on Wednesday by announcing the departure of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld"
  • read more in the NY Times

  • And, though the AP has called Tennessee's U.S. Senate race for Jim Webb, his opponent, Republican George Allen, has not conceded. But stay tuned; one of them must lose soon ... .


    "That the House was lost."

  • NY Times: Democrats seize control of the House

  • "When Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the most symbolic losses were those of several lawmakers who first arrived in Congress in 1994 ... "
  • read more in USA Today

  • "The last time a Democrat held the House speaker's gavel was in January 1995, when then-party leader Dick Gephardt handed it to Newt Gingrich after an election that Republicans branded a revolution ... "
  • read more in SF Chronicle
  • 11.07.2006

    LOST "Letters"

    That's right; there's been loss at LOST Magazine. Loyal readers will remember the first of two features that have gone lost at LOST--the Classifieds section, which allowed readers to write about losses of their own. And they did: a Manhattanite's brief, rainy-day elegy to a lost umbrella was particularly memorable. But the section never found its footing, and as we do, sometimes, with closets or cupboards, we cleaned it out.

    In fact, we replaced the feature with Letters, a section where readers could respond to writing they'd read in the magazine. And they did: a Native American's response to Bill Lambrecht's essay, http://www.lostmag.com/issue2/mudbones.php, was particularly memorable.

    But with this issue, we lost that feature, too.

    We try at LOST Magazine to be as much like a print magazine as possible; we believe it's all about the writing and that writing is, while maybe not the only way, the perfect way to articulate loss. And we believe that publishing one complete issue for one whole month affords readers the chance to come back, to dip in, and to read all they want before we replace content.

    But we also need to stay fresh, and being online affords us a flexibility that print publications don't have. And so we've decided to move the LOST Blog into the main navigation bar on our homepage, to give it a little more juice and a redesign, and to encourage our readers to comment on it. With you involved, our blog can be the best of Letters and the best of Classifieds, with a little of us binding everything together.

    Thanks for visiting us; keep coming back; to lose is, in this case, to gain?

    Lost time, lost health: jetlag

  • Washington Post: When the clock lies
  • 10.18.2006

    Fillmore East

    It seems appropriate, in the week New York lost CBGB's, to show the site of the Fillmore East, closed in 1971 and now a bank (photo courtesy Dan Frick).


    "Just after 1 on Monday morning, the last notes of live music rang from the stage of CBGB & OMFUG, the Bowery club where punk-rock invented itself...."

  • lost to memory
  • 10.04.2006

    On balance

    When we lose, do we find? Is there always reciprocity? An equal and opposite reaction?

    It seems that we often find something after we lose -- even something as simple (or not) as a new perspective. But while we do instinctively try to fill the holes left by loss -- by shopping, or smoking, or dating again -- the loss itself isn't actually affected. It rendered us different and forced us to seek something else out. What was is no longer.

    In LOST No. 9/October 2006, we look a bit at moving on and what we become, when one twin dies and another survives, or when our friends move away from home. And we're reminded that just as with our experiences of finding (be they forced our not), the human experience of loss is both inevitable and formative, shaping us; sometimes ravaging us; forcing us, if we choose, to find; and leaving us, regardless, changed.


    The Marlins' loss

  • is the Mets' gain

  • Lost:
    The Florida Marlins, by four runs
    An 18 year Division Title-less streak
    280 bottles Freixenet Cordon Negro Extra Dry sparkling wine (post-game)


    Space out -- Submissions call

    You heard it here first; the next theme issue of LOST comes online on December 4, 2006 and will be called "Lost in Space."

    We're looking for anything space related in both fiction and nonfiction.

    Have a piece about space junk, black holes, or Pluto? A sci-fi story, a Star Wars story, a star gazing story?

    Send it on in; our submissions guidelines are on the site.

    We look forward to getting lost, out there, with you.

    Down in Detroit

  • 10,000 jobs
  • 9.14.2006

    In tennis as in life

    "The scoreboard said I lost today. But what the scoreboard doesn't say is what it is I have found."--Andre Agassi, in his last tennis match at the 2006 U.S. Open


    New concerns about Iraqi antiquities

    Read more on issues raised in Roger Atwood's "Looters in the Temple" (LOST No. 5/April 2006):

  • going fast
  • 8.31.2006

    Says Eurpides:

    "Who so neglects learning in his youth loses the past and is dead for the future."-- Euripides


    An early look at LOST No. 8

    Though LOST Magazine usually runs single essays in its Lost Person, Lost Place, and Lost Thing sections, we chose to use one essay, "Katrina's Art" to fill all three sections in issue No. 8.

    And though LOST usually publishes on the first Monday of each month, we wanted to give "Katrina's Art" some space of its own.

    And so it is, with the first issue of our second volume, that we come to you early with a story of art on the Gulf Coast, one loss of many that will always be current, on their anniversary and otherwise.

    Please visit us on August 29, 2006 at www.lostmag.com, and watch for the rest of issue No. 8 on September 4, featuring lost farmhouses, lost innocence, lost typewriters, a lost ship, and lost dirt.

    Last sighting of a lost seat


    September closed; October open

    Dear writers--

    While we've closed our September issue, we're still looking for submissions--especially for our Departments section--for October and November. Please look on the site for submission information: http://www.lostmag.com/contact.php.

    The first issue of LOST Vol. 2 goes live on September 4, but we'll be publishing one essay from the issue, "Katrina's Art," by Alan Huffman, early on August 29. Since we're a monthly publication, we can't always be timely--but Alan's piece, coming a year after Hurricane Katrina, shows us how loss is, among others things, always current.


    Submitting to LOST?

    If you're thinking of sending a piece of your writing in to LOST, please do. It's a great time to submit.

    Though we're not publishing July or August issues, we are reading submissions and preparing for new issues in September and beyond.

    Take a look through our archives, get a sense of what we're about, follow our
  • submission guidelines
  • and send us your work.

    We're looking forward to reading, and to getting LOST again in September.

    Little League Lost

  • Bats! Gloves! Glasses!
  • 6.04.2006

    LOST is lost at sea!

    Hello Mateys--

    The first Monday of June is nigh upon us, and the last issue of LOST Magazine Volume 1 arrives online at midnight tonight. It's a special issue featuring a fresh catch of sea-going losses in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, all accented with vintage art; the issue will be online at www.lostmag.com, and we like to call it "LOST at Sea."

    Soon, LOST will be getting lost for the summer. Come jump ship with us for the last time until LOST Volume 2 arrives on-shore this September.


    Reading tonight!

    It's not a LOST event, but our second guest fiction editor, Peter
    Orner, will read from his novel tonight at the KGB Bar in New York;
    stop by if you get a chance.

    Reading: Peter Orner (our second Guest Fiction Editor)
    May 10, 7:00 p.m
    KGB Bar (http://www.kgbbar.com/calendar/event/2006-05-10_novel_jews_pete.html)
    85 East 4 Street, New York, NY

    And if you haven't checked out issue No. 6 yet, visit us at www.lostmag.com.

    And stay tuned; on the first Monday of June, we launch our seventh
    issue, a special issue we're calling "LOST at Sea."


    Your friends at LOST Magazine


    Alive at 6

    LOST No. 6 is here, and in it we're continuing our mission to publish writing on lost people, places, and things. But, we've been asked, are we actually finding these people, places, and things by publishing writing about them? Is LOST more about finding than losing?

    We try, in what we publish, to expose and articulate loss. In our experience, we certainly can find what was once lost. But we're publishing writing about that moment, that experience, where loss dominated and shaped us; even when we find, the experiencing of losing alters us, and that's what we build on in life--it's what makes everything around us, including us, what it is today.

    This issue, we see how loss shaped the treatment of disease; how it shaped the fonts we use, the drinks we drink, and the people we've become. Without loss, we don't gain, but loss is more than a step on the way--it's a universal experience that deserves, we think, a monthly magazine that excavates it and remembers.

    So we're here. Take LOST No. 6 in, and stay tuned for LOST No. 7, where LOST goes overboard and publishes a special collection, "LOST at Sea."


    Nadia Nahumch, 98

    Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck, 98, died April 23 at the Sunrise Senior Living Center in Blue Bell, PA. Founder of the Philadelphia Dance Academy in 1944, now The University of the Arts School of Dance, Nahumck studied with Martha Graham, Louis Horst, and at the Duncan Studio in New York. She cofounded the New Dance Group, performed with her own company, and was an early advocate of Labanotation, a form of writing dance that serves to record and preserve movement for future performance.

    Web trends....

  • MyLoss
  • 4.22.2006

    On our upcoming theme issue; and LOST's loss

    You may have noticed that LOST has lost its Classifieds section. It's true; though we saw posts about losses from loves to umbrellas, the section has seemed lately like it need some retooling -- a pepping up, after a shipping out.

    But LOST has gained, too: a "Letters" section, most notably. And as we gear up for our May issue -- and the special June theme issue to follow it, "LOST at Sea" -- we're looking forward to the losses our future brings.

    We're accepting submissions for "LOST at Sea" now; poetry, fiction, and nonfiction -- the sky's the limit and the sea's the thing. So send your shark-bite, man overboard, and sunken ship stories to nonfiction@lostmag.com and fiction@lostmag.com (poetry goes there). And surprise us; there's more to loss than meets the eye.


    Meeting re. Lost Years of Kerouac--this Friday!

    Open meeting on the lost years of Jack Kerouac, who lived for a time in Ozone Park and Richmond Hill, Queens.
    The Richmond Hill Historical Society
    Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.
    Leonard Center, 86th Avenue and 112th Street, Queens


    LOST No. 5 alive!

    Last month was filled with fires, deaths, robbery, and basketball, and LOST Magazine is here to tell you about it. A new feature in our Departments section highlights some of last month's losses, and the rest of our new issue does what the past four have: it collects experiences of loss, it collects emerging and established writers, it joins us through the sharing of what was.

    At our debut reading last month at New York's Half King, four LOST contributors read from their work, and heavy or light, the readings articulated various experiences of losing. But why do we care about losses that aren't ours--what do we gain from others' experiences of loss? Last month, we gained connection itself, and we care because we're all survivors. What are any of us, really, without what we've lost? Without what happened yesterday, or who walked before us, or what used to stand?

    We hope that in reading about this issue's unconnected losses--lost innocence, lost buildings, lost Seattle, lost Iraq--we come together to understand what we've all got by understanding what we all had. Lose yourself, get lost with us. Thanks for coming to www.lostmag.com, or welcome back.


    Editor's introduction at LOST's debut reading, 3/20/2006

    As we’ve been coming up to this, our debut reading, I’ve been asked how a magazine about loss celebrates, when in our first four issues, we’ve published pieces about dead loved ones, dying cities, abandoned places—and we’ve seen how serious loss can be.

    Well, we can celebrate because we’re here, still, four issues in. And we celebrate because loss can coexist with joy. When we lose, we always gain. We gain new perspectives, new possibilities—we’re freed from the constraints of the thing we lost. And regardless, when we lose, we are affirmed. We’re still here talking about it, remembering it. We find ourselves.

    We publish a blend of experienced and emerging writers at lostmag.com. Tonight, you’ll be hearing from a few of them. Tom Bissell will lead off with excerpts from his essay in our first issue, “Veterans,” about Tom and his father visiting Vietnam, where loss is still layered within the experience of war there. Andy Phillips will then read his essay from issue No. 3, about how he nobly lost his library privileges. Dawn Raffel will read her short story from issue No. 3, “The Alternate Palace,” which voices the thoughts a woman has as she’s losing her husband. And Grant McCrea will read his essay from issue No. 2 about losing $18,000 playing poker.

    So get a drink, sit back, and enjoy listening to some of what’s had us thinking these past four months.

    [at The Half King, 3/20/2006]


    LOST No. 4

    Four issues ago, LOST set out to publish writing that articulates loss in its many forms, and we've seen again and again that in losing we always gain (even if, as sometimes happens, all we gain is a new, profound emptiness). But it's also possible, in losing, to gain a richness that we didn’t have before -- to know long-lost parents in new ways; to learn more about our language from one that's dying; to find ourselves, in a difficult new world.

    This issue's no different.

    But in some ways, it is. We're announcing a new section, LOST Letters, where we'll publish letters to the editor. We're announcing our first LOST event; see our events page to find out how to find LOST and loss near you. And we're very pleased to announce Peter Orner, our new Guest Fiction Editor, who will curate the fiction section in issue Nos. 4-6, in the wake of a fine job by our first Fiction Editor, Robley Wilson.

    We lose, we gain. Thanks for getting lost with us.


    On the NYC subways

  • Lost peace
  • More from Maryland

    But if playing the new game, remember:

    "Maryland Lottery tickets are bearer instruments. For your protection, sign the back of your ticket. Play slips are not valid receipts. The Maryland Lottery is not responsible for lost, stolen, altered, mutilated, or destroyed tickets."

    Lost Lotto

  • Maryland Lotto replaced
  • 2.19.2006

    How then to remember?

    According to USA Today, the Ohio Historical Center plans to dismantle its First Ohioans attraction, which honors the Adena and Hopewell cultures. The exhibit has been on display for 20 years.


    Living with the past (and Lost No. 3)

    In The Future of the Past (from which we excerpt in this issue's "Lost Thing" feature), writer Alexander Stille asks, "What does it mean to have a living relationship with the past?"

    And we wonder, is it crippling to have a living relationship with the past? Or are we in a kind of denial if we don't? And how do we live with our pasts, anyway?

    If memory is our means to touching the past, we articulate something about the nature of memory with almost every piece we publish in LOST; we couldn't access loss or even describe what we've lost without it. Whether it comes in the form of nostalgia, or mourning, or simple amusement (or all three), memory is as much a theme of LOST Magazine as loss itself.

    And so our new, third issue is even more explicitly about memory than Issues 1 and 2. Our nonfiction feature examines the nature of the human brain and how a man functions despite (and in spite of) losing some of his memory and brain functions. Our "Lost Person" piece explains that some cultures think ancient trees represent the earth's living memory; our "Lost Place" essay takes us on the archaelogical excavation that both preserved a historical memory and branded itself into the author's own memory and affects him still; and our "Lost Thing" (from Alexander Stille's book) focuses on the loss of our collective, national memory as technology renders treasures obsolete in the U.S. National Archives.

    When we lose, our memories fill the void; that's where the people and places and things of our pasts are. But Stille's question remains--what does it mean to have a living relationship with the past? As intimate as they may often be to us, the lost elements of our lives have a certain universality, and while there may be some truth to the sentiment that we can't grow without moving on from loss, it's also true that we can't live without knowing how we got where we are. We live with our pasts whether we care to or not--they're all around us, in pictures and in old houses and dust--so sit back, reflect, and remember with LOST's Issue No. 3, now online at www.lostmag.com.


    Lost from space

    On yesterday's date in 1967, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee died when a fire swept through their Apollo command module during a test at Cape Kennedy's Launch Complex 34.


    loss's layers

    "Grief and loss lead you to other things--to an exploration of your own
    ancestry, to renegotiating the terms of your relationships with the dead,
    even to anger. So it's not just a death record or a tribute. I don't want to
    be the poster girl for grief and suffering."--Rosann Cash on her album,
    Black Cadillac


    On minding loss

    "The mind has a dumb sense of vast loss--that is all. It will take mind and memory months and possibly years to gather the details and thus learn and know the whole extent of the loss."--Mark Twain


    Heartbreak Hotel

    The first RCA building in Nashville, Tenn., where Elvis Presley recorded "Heartbreak Hotel," lies in ruins, torn down to make way for a parking lot.


    Lost sound, found sound

    Visit "This Week" and be charmed by "Lost and Found Sound" (this week, Sophia Coppola and her father).



    Dog-gone it!

    According to the Winter 2005 issue of Bark Magazine (find it online at http://www.thebark.com/), lost dogs may soon be a thing of the past.

    Several companies are beginning to offer GPS systems that attach to a dog's collar; in a Bark piece, Heather Gordon writes that "(b)ecause the portable GPS transmitter is attached to the dog, it goes wherever he goes. Although the systems can't keep your dog out of harm's way, they can emit a signal that will help you find him once again."


    The first

    appendectomy was performed by Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa on today's date in 1885.


    LOST No. 2

    We've lost another year, but we've gained 2006 and another issue of LOST Magazine. It's a trade we'll take. Thanks for visiting us at www.lostmag.com, where we're taking on more lost people, places, and things in our second issue, and where we're already working on issues No. 3 and 4.

    Keep reading, keep writing, and keep us posted with all you lose and gain this new year. Post to our Classifieds, send us your work, and spread the word: get lost with LOST.