Gigantic magazine


“You Don’t Know Me!” Benefit Bash Post-Press Round Up

*All photos courtesy of Scallywag & Vagabond.

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Check out their recap of the night’s revelry here.  Here’s a snippet:

“BOMB Magazine with Gigantic and Opium magazines hosted an end-of-summer bash at Bowery Electric featuring a musical performance by a drag queen, two short plays, and another musical act that consisted largely of a guy speaking (rhythmically) to the audience about a dream he had, set to music. So of course, this means we need to talk about one thing: wolves. Or, in this case, ‘werewolves.’”       ~ Scallywag and Vagabond

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In case you missed our earlier post, the Observer also ran a great review of the night.

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Much thanks to our performers and to all who attended!  As well as to those who ran pre-press for the event and helped promote the evening including: HTML Giant, The New Yorker, Black Book, ARTmostfierce, [THING], The Daily News, and anyone who posted who we may have missed.

To join in the next Gigantic literary bash, stay tuned for news about our upcoming Issue II launch party!



“YOU DON’T KNOW ME!” THIS WEDNESDAY! ***NEW PRESALE DISCOUNTS!***

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You Don’t Know Me!

Gigantic/Opium/Bomb Benefit Bash
THIS Wednesday, Aug. 26th
Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery (at 2nd St.)

7:00pm – midnight

An End of Summer Extravaganza and Benefit presented by Gigantic/Opium/BOMB Magazines
Hosted by Bowery Electric

NEW AND EXCITING DISCOUNT DEVELOPMENTS!

*   *   *   1. ALL PRESALES NOW GET FREE VIP ACCESS!  *  *  *

VIP Cocktail Hour 7-8pm

Featuring:

-a special guest performance by award winning performance artist Kalup
Linzy!

-free open bar!

-Purchase $10 presale tickets here.

*   *   *   2. SPECIAL GENERAL ADMISSION DISCOUNT TICKETS ONLY $6 AT THE DOOR!   *   *  *

General Admission 8pm – midnight

Featuring:

-Short plays directed by Ben Greenman and Bob Powers!

-The Dog House Band, featuring bluegrass musician/writers David Gates and Sven Birkerts and special guest John Wesley Harding!

-performance by Joseph Keckler!

-performance by James J. Williams III!

-(NEW!) The Library Is On Fire!

Upstairs: an all-night DJ set by Catherine Pierce of the Pierces!

*  *  *  3. AS ALWAYS THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT!  *  *  *

All donations and ticket sales from the night are considered tax-deductible contributions.

By purchasing a ticket, you will be directly supporting these independent magazines’ mission of furthering the dialogue about literature, film, music, and the visual and performing arts.



the blood of the writers and the beer of the bars


GIGANTIC PRESS ROUND-UP

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Last weekend’s LitCrawl–which included Gigantic amongst many other fine NYC magazines and was a featured Goings on About Town in The New Yorker–was a great success. If you missed it, you can vicariously live the excitement in Suzanne Pettypiece’s article for Poets & Writers, Lit Crawl: Postcard From New York City. Gigantic‘s tale starts at the bottom of page one and continues for most of page two.

At 8 PM, right on schedule, the thumping dance music softened and the lights dimmed. A disco ball hanging just overhead splattered the audience and walls with red dots. Author Tao Lin—whose new press, Muumuu House, hosted its own event, Cash-Money-Obama Millionaires—stood up from where he was sitting on the floor, just beside the towering DJ booth, and gave us our first sign that we were about to be served from a nontraditional literary menu.

Also check out this video, the second half of which shows Tao Lin‘s Gigantic microreading as well as a short interview with Gigantic co-editor James Yeh.

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Gigantic Microreaders for the night included Ben Blum, Andrew Bulger, Matt Di Paoli, Yuka Igarashi, Tao Lin and James J. Williams III.

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Gigantic received a very nice shout out over at the New Pages blog:

The first issue of Gigantic is out, and it indeed holds up to its name (or rather, needs to be held up). This puppy is big, but in a fun-to-read-on-the-bus sort of way, and I imagine the superlarge, four-color image by Nat Russel of dancing cowboys is going to end up decorating a lot of walls.

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Lastly, McNally Jackson has some financial advice for you:

For $3.00, you could maybe buy a small fancy coffee drink, or a half of a pint of beer, or three normal-sized Snickers. You could also buy Gigantic. Gigantic is a brand new literary magazine, very big with many very small, very great things inside–like Ed Park’s story about visiting a nursing home, Jason Morphew’s poem about balls (yes), and lots of drawings that I only want to call “hand-drawn.” You should buy Gigantic with your $3.00.



Gigantic Microreading at Home Sweet Home, Saturday May 16

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Gigantic Microreading

Less is more. More is also more.

Please join Gigantic, a new magazine of short prose and art, for three minute readings and/or artistic presentations from Gigantic #1 contributors Tao Lin, Shane Jones, James J. Williams III, Yuka Igarashi, Ben Blum, Andrew Bulger and Matt Di Paoli.

This event is a part of Lit Crawl NYC 2009. For updates and a full schedule of the night’s events, check it out here.

Saturday 5.16.09, 8pm

Home Sweet Home

131 Chrystie Street

New York, NY

J, M, or Z to Bowery

B or D to Grand

Ben Blum holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Berkeley. He is a fiction intern at The New Yorker and teaches writing to second graders at PS 110.

Andrew Bulger is a Brooklyn based artist and philosopher. He received a graduate degree in Philosophy from the London School of Economics and has since been exploring his preoccupations in art’s own language.

Yuka Igarashi is an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Quick Fiction and Gigantic. She lives farther out than you do in Brooklyn.

Tao Lin (b. 1983) is the author of the forthcoming novella SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL (Sept. 2009, Melville House) and four previous books.

James J. Willams III is an artist and curator. He has had solo exhibtions in New York, Paris, London, Berlin and Miami. James is seeking help for his growing Law and Order addicton.

Matthew Di Paoli is a native New Yorker. At Boston College, he received the Dever Fellowship and recently completed his MFA at Columbia.

Shane Jones is the author of the novel LIGHT BOXES (PGP 2009). His next book, THE FAILURE SIX, will be published by Fugue State Press in January 2010.




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