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.

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  • 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.