Wrote Early, Wrote Often: Surveying the Essays (so far) of Alan Huffman

When LOST started publishing, over five years, 40 issues, and 300 contributors ago, a few things were clear. We were going to be an online-only magazine when that wasn't as often a writer's first choice. We wanted to put the writing before everything else. And we had no idea if we'd get a single submission after we launched.

Online magazines have proliferated since 2005. We're still putting the writing first. And we've been blessed with terrific submissions and by some frequent contributors.

Alan Huffman's work for LOST Magazine represents the kind of like-minds connection we only hoped for five years ago. It's not a question of whether we'd like to publish Alan; it's when. And in the case of our current issue, the entire theme was built around Alan's new piece, "Altorf," which came in before we'd decided what the theme should be. Because of this piece, which excavates in words a torn-down and well-remembered house, the issue is "HOME."

Take a look through Alan's work for us; the six pieces show tremendous range but always come back to an appreciation of the glanced-by, the stumbled-over. In his first piece, he showed that online publishing doesn't need to be short--in fact, the forum is ideal for longer works, especially in the case of Alan's essay on the art lost in Hurricane Katrina, one year after. "Katrina's Art" is a startling piece of lasting quality and power, and one we were most proud to publish.

Alan has ranged over a set of lost slave tags, the whereabouts and life of actor Jan Michael Vincent, the aftermath of the sinking of the Sultana, America's worst maritime disaster (an excerpt from his book on the same); and the details raised by every bite of his mother's Lemon Meringue Pie.

We'd love your thoughts on these essays, and we'd love to be able to experience them again for the first time, if that's what you're about to do.


Lost Last Month

May 2011

Osama bin Laden! The definition of a saint, after Pope John Paul II is beatified by Pope Benedict XVI. Having a busy month, Pope Benedict XVI also removes an Australian bishop for allegedly advocating the ordination of women. Clause Choules, 110, the last known combat veteran from World War I. IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn's travel plans, when he is arrested at JFK Airport for alleged sexual assault. A wellspring of jokes, after Donald Trump announces he will not run for president in 2012. The Oprah Winfrey Show, after 25 seasons. Peace of mind for Louisiana residents, when the Morganza Spillway on the Mississippi River is opened for the first time in 37 years, flooding 3,000 square miles of rural Louisiana in an attempt to save Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Logic and more, in Sudan, after Ahmed Haroun, wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, is re-elected governor having already served as the country's Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs. President Obama's month, starting off so strongly, but ending with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Queen Elizabeth both publicly correcting him.