Happy New Year

This annual piece in the New York Times Magazine is one of its best. Read into the link to see who we lost this past year.

NY Times Magazine: The Lives They Lived


Our Winter Theme Issue, "The Future LOST"

LOST Magazine turns two this month! And for our anniversary, which coincides with our annual winter theme issue, we've decided to take on the "future lost."

For this special issue, a few terrific writers contributed short essays about people, places, or things that exist now and might be gone within a set amount of time.

From plucked notes (one second) to pay phones (3.5 years), from printed objects (30 years) to city neighborhoods (ten years), and from third nipples (83 days) to fingernails (five months) to the future itself (33 years), knowing what might go lost (and when) lets us reflect on what we have: the sounds, the sights, and the objects.

Come enjoy the future lost. Come see what goes.


Post-Daimler, Chrysler cuts

New cuts from carmarker Chrysler, in addition to the 11,000 hourly jobs and 2,000 salaried positions already cut earlier this year.

Detroit News: Chrysler will cut up to 10,000 hourly jobs in North America


Good riddance, but leaving bad rubbish

Altria, corporate owners of many companies including popular cigarette makers, is leaving New York City, as is the $7 million it provided to the arts.

Marketplace: Big chunk of arts budget up in smoke



Bobby Flay's Bolo saying adios (and two thumbs up for the NYT's "Diner's Journal")

Bobby Flay's oldest restaurant/venue is closing. And the New York Times "Diner's Journal" is the place to find this kind of word, on its "Closings" tag.

NY Times: Hasta Luego, Bolo


Dunes done?

Residents of Truro, Massachusetts are trying to prevent a local couple from building a house in the midst of the ocean view from the Edward Hopper House, where Edward Hopper painted.

NY Times: A Town Tries to Protect an Artist’s Inspiration


Say goodbye to Coney Island's Astroland?

Though the Cyclone is landmarked, the rest of Coney Island's Astroland, including the infamous Dante's Inferno and others, may have seen its last day if Astroland's owner can't meet next year's rent.

Globe & Mail: From Coney to tony?



WWI Vets

If you know of any living veterans of World War I, please contact us at the email address listed at the bottom of this page. Thank you.

Humility a lost art?

Daily papers correct factual flaws less often than you think. Is admitting wrongs a lost art?

Slate: Newspapers make lots of mistakes and publish damn few corrections



Loss prevention--an essay

LOST Guest Fiction Editor #3 Nicholas Montemarano's new essay, on love, race, a summer job, and loss prevention.

Wash Post: Loss Prevention


A world without us

On an Earth without people from today forward, what would happen to what we'd left behind? Click through and watch a house, lost of its humans, fall apart ... .

The World Without Us


A lost Egyptian civilization

"On the periphery of history in antiquity, there was a land known as Kush."

And as rising waters resulting from a new dam in the Sudan come closer, archaeologists are trying to learn as much about it as possible.

NY Times: Scholars Race to Recover a Lost Kingdom on the Nile


LOST at War, the backstory

We've published special issues before. But though we had a lot of fun putting "LOST at Sea" and "LOST in Space" together, our latest special issue, "LOST at War," was altogether a different experience.

We didn't intend for "LOST at War" to be comprehensive, but we did hope that collecting one piece of first-person narrative nonfiction for each of ten major American wars would be telling in some way -- what way, we didn't know -- and we believe that ultimately, it is. That there are strains in serving the country, in being an American soldier, that resonate through these centuries that we've been fighting. And that these themes often transcend politics and go straight to the heart of the identity of the country, of many families, and of the veterans themselves.

We think hearing from those who served is incredibly important. And for some wars we covered, we were lucky to find plentiful first-person accounts -- World War 2 and Vietnam almost always have their own shelves at bookstores.

Which wars were most difficult, as we tried to find primary sources and anecdotal accounts? The Mexican-American War practically didn't happen, and Desert Storm, Jarhead aside, was equally challenging. In fact, if you know of a few good first-person sources from Desert Storm, let us know.

And World War 1 looks to be vanishing as I write. A number of third-person WW1 histories are available, but in researching the war and looking for narrative, first-person accounts from it, we began to experience a frustrating trend. When we typed the words "World War 1" into Google, for instance, the search engine asked us, "Did you mean World War 2?" (Funnily enough, we'd heard of this happening to other folks, too, but it's not happening anymore.)

We didn't mean "World War 2." But with only three living WW1-era veterans of the military (one of whom we interviewed for our current issue) and a tremendous focus in schools and in our culture on WW2 and Vietnam, it's no surprise that World War 1 is falling out of our consciousness. Soon, the Great War will be 100 years old, and an event we remember reading about but with which we can no longer speak.

Brown University did a great job scanning and posting the handwritten journal of James Nagle online--it's a valuable primary source from the Mexican-American War (see our issue for the link). We excerpted from Nagle, and we hope that in following our new issue's timeline from the Revolutionary War to Iraq, something gets you the way it did us when we started hearing directly from veterans of our American wars.


Seeing lives in the discards

When colleges close for the summer, you can "tell the difference between a school with a $20,000 price tag and a $40,000 one just by looking at what gets left behind."

CNN.com: Colleges deal with furniture and more that students leave behind


Lost at sea (whales)

Two humpback whales are swimming near the Port of Sacramento, 90 miles out of their natural habitats. And "whale whisperers" are trying to bring them back.

NY Times: Rescuers Try to Lure Lost Whales With Sound



Check beneath the sink

When people move, "much of what is left behind is typical urban-dweller flotsam: half-empty bottles of cleaning fluid, dented cans of touch-up paint, extra tiles, itinerant dust bunnies, a ragged row of condiments, and the odd piece of discarded furniture."

But what about crumpled underwear, full-body lotions, and shrunken heads? To the super go the spoils.

NY Times: What Gets Left Behind


Into the breach

USA Today writes that hundreds of thousands of Americans are applying manifest destiny to areas destroyed by wildfires.

But the real kicker is the stunning image of a fire-ravaged town you'll find if you follow the link.

USA Today: Wildfire areas get influx of residents


Lose something on the train?

20,000 items make their way each year to the lost-and-found near Track 100 in Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal.

NY Times: Lost on Metro-North, but Most Likely Found


Loser, we love thee

"Chronicling the lives of losers, flops and failures is of course not an entirely new impulse, for the American theater ... ."

NY Times: Take a Bow, Loser, the Spotlight’s Yours


Call for submissions--June's LOST

The June 2007 LOST Magazine will be our Summer Issue and our latest theme issue -- "LOST at War," in which we'll run one essay for each of ten American wars AND short stories and poems about war in general.

We're looking for that general, war-related fiction and poetry now, in addition to soldiers' first-person nonfiction narratives from specific wars (not the general experience). We're working fast. We want to read your stuff. Please send it through the usual channels (explained at www.lostmag.com).

The musket balls are flying and General Grant's calling for us ... we'll see you up ahead.

Get your LOST Stuff here

There's nothing like lost stuff. Without it, LOST Magazine wouldn't exist, nor would our brand-new and updated store!

As always, the LOST Store features our contributors' books. But now you'll also find shirts, mugs, greeting cards -- even license plates, all adorned with our logo or a special cover image from our Archives. Let your chest, your morning coffee, your letters, and your car show your love of LOST -- and help support the magazine with a purchase today. Find our new LOST Stuff at
the LOST Store.


Glacier - ice = -(scenery + river)

Germany's last glacier, the Zugspitze, "was 80 metres thick in 1910. Now it is only 45."

According to the Post, "The melting of the frozen ice is more than just the loss of picturesque mountain scenery. Without glaciers, scientists say summertime water levels in European rivers would drop. Much of the Rhine River water in the summer comes from glacier melting."

Wa Post: Germany Losing Battle to Save Last Glacier



Oh, the humanity.

Lost emails?

Just how missing can five million emails get?

"White House officials said the improper use of the accounts and the loss of the e-mails appeared to be honest mistakes. They are trying to recover the missing e-mails and are clarifying policy on preserving records."

Wash Post: White House, Senators to Confer on E-Mail Expert


Demolition on Monday

The Half Day Inn, "a dusty watering hole where farmers came in for a cold beer and travelers of all stripes on one of the main arteries between Chicago and Milwaukee stopped to rest," is coming down for condos.

Chi Tribune: No one objects as 164-year-old inn faces demolition


On "Deadliest Catch," more than just crab

$300,000 worth of production equipment goes overboard each season on the hit Discovery Channel show.

NY Post: Killer Crabs


Extinction is more than just that

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis gives an unforgettable speech on what happens as land and languages go lost.

Wade Davis on loss


The Stardust comes up snake eyes

"With a deafening rumble and a cloud of debris that has become all but customary in this city of short-lived icons, the venerable Stardust Hotel-Casino was demolished early this morning."

Stardust Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas Is Demolished

Photograph by Roaming Vegas on Flickr



House of Lords: Members deceased

Members deceased since 1 January 2007

Cockfield, Lord, 8 January 2007
Forte, Lord, 28 February 2007
Jeger, Baroness, 26 February 2007
Jellicoe, Earl of, 22 February 2007
Kelvedon, Lord, 27 January 2007
Nolan, Lord, 22 January 2007

Source: www.parliament.uk


Disappearing bees

"Bees have been disappearing at an alarming rate in 24 states, threatening the production of numerous crops."

NY Times: Honeybees Vanish, Leaving Keepers in Peril



This Has Happened, by Piera Sonnino (excerpted in the February 2007 issue of LOST) is getting glowing review attention and was named one of Playboy magazine's "Best of 2006."

LOST Magazine's excerpt of This Has Happened


Barnum's Museum

An online recreation of Barnum's famous American Museum from the American Social History Project.


Two sides of "reign"

Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17 in a rainy Superbowl. According to the Chicago Tribune, "In the end, [the Bears] were a haggard, beaten bunch" in what its homepage called a "Reign Out."

  • Chi Tribune: Bears fall in sloppy Super Bowl

  • From the other side of the field, The Indianapolis Star took a fresh approach and called the result a "Blue Reign" on their homepage.

  • Indy Star: Shedding labels
  • 2.01.2007

    Moving homes, entirely

    LOST contributor
  • Alan Huffman's
  • latest essay, in the Times, describes what's found (and lost) when folks move historic homes.

  • NY Times: Take It Away
  • 1.31.2007

    Lost Space

    The Apollo 11 moonwalk tapes, featuring much better video than what appeared on national television in 1969, are lost and nowhere to be found.

  • Wa Post: The Saga Of the Lost Space Tapes
  • 1.11.2007

    So long, Briny Breezes

    The owners of the 488 mobile homes in this Florida community stand to become millionaires -- if they vote to sell their town to a developer.

  • Southwest Florida Herald-Tribune: Briny Breezes' mobile home owners could soon be millionaires
  • 1.09.2007

    Gators 41, Buckeyes 14, Merchants 0

    The Ohio State University Buckeyes lost the national championship last night. And merchants lost the opportunity to sell already-printed "champions" gear.

  • Columbus Post-Dispatch: "Champs" gear was gamble for merchants