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Fragments pt. II
26/03/2009, 12:19 pm
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An ongoing attempt to catalog our aesthetic…


Fragments pt. II (Part I is here. )

Once Upon a Time in AmericaSergio Leone (Henry Fonda as Frank)

Wise BloodFlannery O’Connor (pgs. 177-182, when he meets the gorilla)

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice”Beach Boys (Acapella Version, Pet Sounds Sessions, Disc 3)

Until the Kingdom Comes photographs –  Simen Johan (the lama)

The Quick and the DeadJoy Williams (interior monologue)

On Being Blue William H. Gass (meditations on cursing and sex scenes)

Wizard People, Dear ReaderBrad Neely (the cribbage match)

Optic Nerve Issue #4 – Adrian Tomine (pgs. 1-11)

William Eggleston in the Real WorldMichael Almereyda (scenes with Eggleston in Memphis, esp. Eggleston in his black socks and boxers watching t.v.)

Lasagna Cat – Fatal Farm (4/25/1979)

EndgameSamuel Beckett (“You’re on Earth, there’s no cure for that!”)

Women and ChildrenRoyal Art Lodge (children)

Jesus’ SonDenis Johnson (descriptions of landscapes, hallucinations)

Billy HazelnutsTony Millionaire (Billy goes crazy, pgs. 88-94)

Sherman’s MarchRoss McElwee (scenes featuring Pat Rendleman and Charleen Swansea)

“Big Spaceship Christmas Card”Arthur Jones (00:27 – 00:43)

HousekeepingMarilynne Robinson (Ruth and Sylvie’s boat trip, pgs. 146-160)

ErasurePercival Everett (My Pafology book within a book)

Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis” – Tom Waits (the way he moves his mouth, live, 1979)

GIGANTIC welcomes Joe Wenderoth as the SEIZURE STATE Editor
18/03/2009, 10:47 am
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GIGANTIC welcomes Joe Wenderoth as the SEIZURE STATE Editor


“The SEIZURE STATE begins when someone understands that it is as impossible to go on as it is to not go on.” – Joe Wenderoth

Joe Wenderoth, the author of four books of poetry and one essay collection, has created a new culture-agon that aims to unmire itself of poetry and convey how the poetic manifests itself in the SEIZURE of ourselves.  It is called INSCRIPTIONS OF THE SEIZURE STATE and it will debut in GIGANTIC Print Issue 1, with work by the first featured SEIZURE PERSON, Jason Morphew.

GIGANTIC‘s forthcoming website will house the SEIZURE STATE’s corresponding blog, which will be helmed and forced to develop by The Dignitaries of the Seizure State.  Dignitaries include Matthew Zapruder as The Grandmother of Whatever Chairs There Are, Stuart Downs as The Secretary to the Green Fire, Gibby Haynes as The Infertile Impetus, and a good few others as others yet.  The SEIZURE STATE blog will feature a sort of living poet CANON, an internet porn site CANON, a music CANON, a YouTube CANON, and a SEIZURE cookbook.

Joe Wenderoth wants everyone to be psyched about THE SEIZURE STATE “generally.”


Stories in Three Lines, v. 1


Gigantic is proud to introduce a new series of blog posts entitled “Stories in Three Lines”, in which new and exciting pieces of online fiction are discovered, digested, summarized, and then linked to.

The inspiration for “Stories in Three Lines” is taken from Felix Feneon’s Novels in Three Lines, a collection of more than a thousand newspaper articles that originally appeared anonymously in the French newspaper Le Matin in 1906. Novels in Three Stories are true stories of murder, mayhem, and everyday life transformed by Feneon into sudden and brief pieces of prose, full with a ruthless economy that provokes, shocks, and entertains, often all at once.

Stories in Three Lines, v. 1

(Three-line Summaries with Links to Their Original Forms)

LOW BROW By Ravi Mangla (published in Eyeshot)

He had a Hindu family called the Mahajans living in the space between his eyebrows and he didn’t know what to do about it but keep charging them rent.

SOMETHING BAD HAPPENED TODAY by Zachary German (published by Muumuu House)

He was approached by a woman on the subway about the book he was reading, “Honored Guest” by Joy Williams. She asked him if he could read fast. He said yes.

DREAM HOUSE by Rachel B. Glaser (published in Noo Journal)

They had been making out and fondling each other next to the skate park and then there was the incident.

We have been linked, talked about a little more
09/03/2009, 9:46 am
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Gigantic was linked and talked about a little at the NewPages Blog. Very nice write-up of us. Says Denise: “More than enough to pique a reader’s curiosity!”

Gigantic would like to thank HTMLGiant and for linking us.

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Gigantic #1 Interview Preview


GIGANTIC #1 interview preview post (3/3)

Welcome to the third installment of our debut issue teaser. If you missed them, please check out Prose preview (1/3) and Art preview (2/3)



Gary Shteyngart: Old meat. The Saul Bellow of meats. I don’t know. Sometimes I look at some of these writers, pictures of older writers, I just see all the meat that’s gone into them. Mordecai Richler, case in point. The man looked like a meat at the end of his life. I mean, you know, just put him on a grill and he’s served.

Malcolm Gladwell: Together we killed a goat.

Deb Olin Unferth: They [would] go into a tiny room off the kitchen that held only the TV and a small couch just big enough for the two of them (they were large people) and they’d sit in the dark, not moving, not speaking, the TV flashing, all the lights in the house off. It was a grim scene, man. The husband had obviously stopped speaking years ago beyond the grunts required to stay alive. It was hard to imagine a time when either of them had ever wanted anything. But who knows what pulse was beating in that room.

Tao Lin: Asking me those questions would be like asking a cat “do you think Philip Roth is a good writer or a bad writer who is important?” or something.

Joe Wenderoth: When watching TV, it’s like I become a fond memory of myself. Prior to any bout of watching, Joe Wenderoth lived a life; that life, during the watching, is over—but not annihilated. Instead, it sits comfortably somewhere behind my eyes. I know it’s there, but I rarely consider it. If I do consider it too much, that’s a sign that the show is not working, or that I am not currently capable of agreeing to be dead.

Gigantic around the city

shoppingcart “Shopping cart” by Andrew Bulger

Busy week for Gigantic contributors and friends (contributors in bold):

Tue 3.3.09 Tao Lin and Justin Taylor interviewed by Todd Zuniga for Opium Magazine Live. 8pm, free, Happy Ending, literary DJ party thing afterward

Wed 3.4.09 Ben Blum and Justin Taylor at Writers & Teachers. 7pm, free, Center for Imaginative Writing

Fri 3.6.09 James Yeh at the 5th annual Howl Festival hosted by Columbia University. 8pm, $10 (?), reading from On the Road by Jack Kerouac, accompanied by former Beat collaborator David Amram

Mon 3.9.09 Tao Lin, Deb Olin Unferth, and Christine Schutt at the International Center Literary Mixer. 7 pm, free, wine & “quiche”