La Gioconda

It has been discovered that restoration techniques used on the Mona Lisa rendered her eyebrow and eyelash-less. 


Television Shows On the Way Out?

Derek Thompson argues that television shows are no longer fitting consumer needs. It seems archaic to wait for new installments of shows and have consumers rearrange schedules to be able to watch them, when other media like movies and music are instantly available without interruption of commercials, and when TV shows themselves are available online.


Jay Bennett's Music

Former member of Wilco Jay Bennett died in his sleep on Saturday. His time with Wilco -- both his significant contributions and his abrupt firing -- have been well-documented in the film I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. This Editor has always preferred Bennett-era Wilco -- especially Yankee Hotel Foxtrot -- to the later work from Jeff Tweedy, and he has a feeling many other listeners would agree. 

Rather than get into a rock-snob argument, it would be better to take a look at some of the great music Bennett made. Idolator has a must-watch collection of videos and links available here. Below is one of my favorites, from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Razing it to save it?

China is razing an ancient, Islamic city in Kashgar, China--and the rationale of "improvement" is a bit puzzling.



We still can't figure out who's lost what, but L.A. is all about mustaches.

Abandoned Wonders of the Worlds

WebUrbanist has an amazing, 33-part guide to abandoned locations around the world. That's right, there are thirty-three entries in this series. For instance, below are a few images from Los Angeles' defunct Griffith Park Zoo:

Check out the rest of the series here.


The Best "Stuff" in the World

I was disappointed to miss New York's Tattoo Convention a few weeks ago, but that disappointment pales in comparison to my realization that I also missed the 2009 World Taxidermy and Fishing Convention in St. Louis! As the organizer's press release said, this convention had the best "stuff" in the world. Thankfully, there are plenty more events coming up list here on taxidermy.net. 


Swindled by swine

The under-65 set may not have the antibodies to tackle swine flu on its own, according to authorities.


Put Your Hands Together for Danny Gans!

The obituary of Las Vegas' most successful impressionist, Danny Gans, from the New York Times:

Mr. Gans was a show business anomaly, with no movie or television career to speak of and a long-ago one-man show on Broadway that lasted a week. Still, when he died he was grossing $18 million a year as a sure bet to lure people into the casinos that hired him, which is what it's all about.

He had no tigers, no scantily clad assistants, no fireworks — only a seven-piece band, a prop or two, and the uncanny ability to summon the voices of dozens of celebrities a night. In singing a duet of "Unforgettable," for example, he would channel both Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole.


Cheesus Christ

The Houston Chronicle's editors are searching for a "Cheesus"--the latest craze, in which true believers proclaim they've found actual representations of Christ in Cheetos snacks.

Check out the story here.


Born to Run

Animal-lovers who enjoyed a cow's recent escape (and subsequent pardon) from a Queens, NY slaughterhouse will find more tales on WebEcoist's list of Twelve Great Animal Escapes. Unfortunately, they aren't all as cute as this one:

(via Neatorama)

A missing link lost

We're one big step closer to understanding the path of human evolution after a press conference this morning at the Museum of Natural History.


Lost Opportunities: Vaudeville Edition

Over the weekend, Lost's Editor missed one of those rare chances to prove himself a "real" New Yorker. On the uptown N train, a map-clutching tourist asked him how to get to Carnegie Hall. The Editor gave her directions, but after she walked off he realized his mistake. The only way to Carnegie Hall is "practice."


Head over to the Woolworths'

Dime store king F.W. Woolworth's house may be gone, but the three houses he built for his daughters in 1920 still stand.


Rock 'n Roll Dreams Dashed

Brian Wilson, the genius behind The Beach Boys, has admitted to AutoWeek that even though his former band scored hits such as "Little Deuce Coupe" they did not actually know much about cars.

In other music news, Motley Crue did not smoke in the boys room and David Lee Roth was not hot for his teacher.


Lost? The Television Show? Never heard of it.

Ever since Lost Magazine was born, we've been asked about the TV series. After all, we launched the website just three months after Lost premiered on ABC. Maybe because of some sense of rivalry, this Editor avoided watching it for as long as possible. But last year that all changed, and so tonight's two-hour season finale is anxiously anticipated. 

According to internet speculation, someone in the cast will die. But we'll leave the rumor-mongering to the professionals, and instead suggest an excellent Lost offshoot that can be enjoyed whether or not you're a fan of Lost the TV show or Lost the magazine. Check out the startlingly talented recap band Previously on Lost's "Lost in 2 Minutes", which you can hear here.

What lies in the shadow of the statue!?!?

I call it, "Pluto"

Image via NASA

Venetia Fair named Pluto when she was 11. She died at 90, on April 30, 2009, herself having a wonderful name. Read the full obituary over at The Los Angeles Times. The Pluto was downgraded to Kuiper Belt dwarf planet status, we still consider it one of man's best friends.


Life in an Iron Lung

Image via the New York Times

Martha Mason, who passed away last week, spent most of her life in an iron lung after a childhood case of polio. She graduated from college, wrote for a newspaper, and even had a memoir published. Read the full, fascinating obituary over at The New York Times. You'll never complain about writer's block again.


Escape from Detroit

On June 1st, Megan Deal will leave Detroit, Michigan for Greensboro, Alabama. She plans to bring only one bag with her, so she's selling all of her life's possessions online. Check out her website for great deals on "One Dried Carnation. Dried in April 1997," "College for Creative Studies one of a kind belt buckle and bumper stickers," "one fun round swirly thingy," and other must-have (unless you're Megan) effluvia.

(via Neatorama)


Writers: Get lost in Texas

George Getschow, writer in residence of the nationally renowned Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, is inviting nonfiction writers and anyone interested in the narrative craft to the 5th annual conference, July 24-26 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, TX., five minutes from the DFW Airport. This year's conference features a diverse group of storytellers from genres unexplored in previous years, including travel writing, broadcast, nature writing and documentary film.

Keynotes include one of America's literary lions, Paul Theroux, author of acclaimed travel literature, short-story collections, novels, criticism and children’s books; Ira Glass, National Public Radio's host and producer of “This American Life: and editor of a breathtaking anthology called The New Kings of Nonfiction; Alma Guillermoprieto, Latin American correspondent for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. The nation's foremost humor writer, Roy Blount Jr., will also be speaking at the conference, along with Stephanie Elizondo Griest, the "accidental memoirist" of Mexican-American society; Vogue's renowned narrative essay writer, Julia Reed; the nation's leading authority on Abraham Lincoln's assassination, Michael Kauffman; Gordon Grice, “the Stephen King of nature writers”; Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent and hunger expert, Roger Thurow; internationally acclaimed documentary filmmakers Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell; and a number of other storytellers.

Bob Shacochis, a National Book Award Winner (Swimming in the Volcano) who spoke at last year's conference, says the Mayborn is "the most compelling, remarkable writers' conference I've attended in more than 20 years of writers' conferences around the nation. Thanks to the Mayborn tribe of storytellers, I think of Dallas as a preferred destination, a center of literary gravity, perhaps the very heart of the universe these days for nonfiction writers in America."

And there are prizes. For information and to register, visit http://themayborn.unt.edu/MaybornConference2009.htm. For more information, contact George Getschow at getschow@unt.edu or by phone: 972-746-1633, or Project Coordinator Jo Ann Ballentine, joann.ballantine@unt.edu, 940-565-4778, cell 940-368-1988. 940.368.1998. George Getschow at 972-746-1633.


What became of Captain Beefheart?

The private life of Don Van Vliet -- a.k.a. Captain Beefheart -- isn't as much of a concern for journalists as that of other reclusive artists. More reporters have taken the time to visit J.D.  Salinger's home in New Hampshire or looked for Jeff Mangum on the New York streets. But for fans of his music Vliet's sudden decision to quit music in the '80s in order to focus on painting was the equivalent of a full-scale disappearance. The last clear update on his life came in a 1997 BBC documentary. There seem to be rumors that he's possibly suffering from MS, but regardless of his health no one expects to be hearing from him publicly. Unfortunately, his life will likely not be fully remembered until the obituaries are published. 

In 1993, Anton Corbijn made this video about the artist. Though over 15 years old it is probably the most recent material that will be available (thanks to Ubuweb):

But for someone so withdrawn, it's amazing to see him on Letterman back in '82! 

Chernobyl lost...and found...and lost...

Chernobyl is coming back faster than you might think...but there's a lot that stays the same. The images are amazing.
From English in Russia.


Who cut off Van Gogh's ear?

The accepted story has always been that Van Gogh was responsible for cutting off his own ear. But now, German art historians Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans claim in a new book that Paul Gauguin in fact did the job with a fencing epee, as covered in the London Telegraph

From over here, however, it doesn't seem as if they have much basis for their case: "Although the historians provide no 'smoking gun' to back up their claims, they argue theirs is the most logical interpretation," writes the Telegraph, before listing such evidence as Van Gogh's cryptic final words to Gauguin, a reference to a French novel, and the use of a Latin fencing term in a Van Gogh painting. 

And suddenly we start to wonder if this is really just a buzz campaign for the new Dan Brown novel....

Lost Razors

For some, yesterday called for celebration. It was "Cinco de Mustache."


Old-Fashioned beer brands

There are some big fans of classic drinks here at Lost, but while vintage cocktails have gotten plenty of attention there hasn't been the same fervid effort to recreate long-lost brews. Over at Flickr, Lance Wilson has posted a great set of photos of vintage beer cans. Some of them are vestiges from still-active brands, but others are much less recognizable. Lite Beer, anyone?
via Love Made Visible.

Who doesn't want extra cash...

Apparently someone in Pennsylvania, who has yet to claim half of the $174.4 million Powerball Jackpot, or $87.2 million, from the February 28 drawing. Quite a misfortune to lose your fortune.

Lost fortune? Or is $87.2 million just