Filed under: events | Tags: Adam Wilson, Ann DeWitt, CLMP, events, Gigantic, New York Public Library, readings
Gigantic is excited to announce that we will be participating in Periodically Speaking, a CLMP/NYPL sponsored reading series. Writer Adam Wilson will be introduced by co-editor Ann DeWitt on behalf of Gigantic. We look forward to sharing the evening with editors and writers from Habitas and Tantalum. The readings will be held at the New York Public library next Tuesday night, June 9th, 6 – 7:30 pm. The official press release is below:
The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [CLMP] and The New York Public Library present Periodically Speaking, a reading series providing a major venue for emerging writers to present their work while emphasizing the diversity of America’s literary magazines and the magazine collections of The New York Public Library. Each event presents writers from three influential literary magazines, introduced by their editors.
Tuesday, June 9th, 6 – 7:30 pm
Habitus: A Diaspora Journal
Habitus is poised to make a lasting impact with its unique global vision, world-class writing, and original translations. While rooted in the experience and language of the Jewish Diaspora, the magazine cannot be limited by the parochial boundaries of any single group. Habitus is not just about cataloguing distinctions. It’s a way of using the whole world as raw material for creating a more complete picture of ourselves.
Editor Joshua Ellison introduces writer Leonid Kostyukov’s fiction and translator Mariya Gusev.
Tantalum, a literary annual, presents the many possibilities of the fictive, exploring a diversity of forms, methods, and ideas. Tantalum is interested in work that cultivates its own expectations, as necessary, moving across the boundaries of known forms and engaging their thresholds.
Editor Yasmine Alwan introduces poet Mina Pam Dick.
Gigantic is a new biannual literary arts journal based in New York that features short prose, dialogues, art and poetry. The debut issue, launched in April 2009, included fiction from Ed Park, Justin Taylor, and Shane Jones along with other new, exciting voices; dialogues with Malcolm Gladwell, Gary Shteyngart, Deb Olin Unferth, Joe Wenderoth and Tao Lin; and artwork including line drawings, collage and photography both odd and beautiful.
Co-Editor Ann DeWitt introduces fiction writer Adam Wilson.
Filed under: events, issue #1, press | Tags: Adam Wilson, Ann DeWitt, events, Gigantic, James Yeh, Justin Taylor, Kenny Aquiles, Kristen O'Toole, Lauren Spohrer, Lincoln Michel, Rozalia Jovanovic, Todd Zuniga
Gigantic Issue 1 Launch Party and Benefit, Starr Space, Brooklyn, NY, April 25th, 2009
For a Full Slideshow of the Evenings Delights, Please See:
Filed under: events | Tags: Ann DeWitt, James Yeh, Lincoln Michel, Rozalia Jovanovic
more to come soon. but thanks to everyone for a most assuredly memorable evening.
Filed under: events | Tags: Ann DeWitt, James Yeh, John Wray, Justin Taylor, Lee Bob Black, Lincoln Michel, Rozalia Jovanovic, Stephen Elliott, Todd Zuniga
The RETURNS and The SIZZLES
What Exactly Do We Aim to Get Out of All of This?
photo by Lee Bob Black
On April 7, 2009, Todd Zuniga (top left) interviewed Gigantic (from left: Lincoln, James, Rozalia, Ann) for Opium Live, a fledgling arm of Todd’s Opium empire, which took place at Happy Ending in New York.
During the interview, Todd asked many thoughtful, humorous and eloquent questions. One was: “Four writers running a literary magazine. This is going to cost you either seven short stories or one novel each, at least. What were you thinking, and who’s to blame for not warning you away from such a misadventure?”
Later, he clarified (via blog comment) “Point being: is the trade-off worth it? What you’ll give up, do you expect it to be worth what you get in return.” He also mentioned that while the initial “sizzle” falls away, it does at times come “screaming back.”
The question, what do you get “in return” for starting a literary magazine is a very good and apt one because the RETURN is intangible and many people do ask, Why are you doing this? and, What on earth do you hope to get out of it?
The RETURN is not, obviously, monetary remuneration, because, well, that should be obvious to pretty much anyone. But SIZZLE cannot be the RETURN either, because that seems beside the point. Or, can it?
The RETURN, for Gigantic at least, has something to do with the appreciation of short prose and art that is inaccessible to more people than not because it is unmarketable, uncategorizable and odd and/or risky, and therefore shunned by venues that thrive on marketability and pleasingness of content. But our content is remarkable nonetheless and should not be passed over, but be accessible and enjoyed.
For the reasons stated above, there must exist alternative venues for the presentation of this work, such as the publisher Printed Matter was for artists/writers such as Kathy Acker, Sol LeWitt and Laurie Anderson in the seventies. And SIZZLE, while it is fun and exciting, also leads to awareness and thus the accomplishment of one of our, Gigantic’s, stated purposes. So SIZZLE may be extremely important after all.
And there are alternative venues we love out there already, such as Opium, Conjunctions, NOON, and elimae, which begs the question: How Is Gigantic Different from Those Other Journals? Todd did ask us a question to that effect during the interview, but the response deserves its own post…to follow.
In the meantime, while we don’t look forward to the demise of the SIZZLE (and humbly acknowledge that FULL SIZZLE has yet to be realized), we look forward to the return of the SCREAMING SIZZLES and plan to make the most of them on their brief appearances.
We’d also like to thank Todd for hosting this series, which enables a live dialogue between identities otherwise virtual, and are thrilled to be in the company of notable former interviewees such as John Wray, Stephen Elliott and Justin Taylor.
Filed under: events | Tags: Ann DeWitt, Appearances, Gigantic, Interviews, James Yeh, Lincoln Michel, Rozalia Jovanovic, Todd Zuniga
Rozalia Jovanovic, James Yeh, Ann DeWitt and Lincoln Michel. (aka The Four Gigantics) will be interviewed tomorrow for Opium Live. Also featured will be playwright Terry Selucky and novelist John Wray.
Drop by if you can.
When: April 7, 7:55 p.m. (doors at 7)
Where: Happy Ending (302 Broome Street @ Forsyth), NYC
Filed under: sundries | Tags: Ann DeWitt, Fragments, Gigantic, James Yeh, Lincoln Michel, Rozalia Jovanovic
An ongoing attempt to catalog our aesthetic…
Fragments pt. II (Part I is here. )
Once Upon a Time in America – Sergio Leone (Henry Fonda as Frank)
Wise Blood – Flannery 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 Dead – Joy Williams (interior monologue)
On Being Blue – William H. Gass (meditations on cursing and sex scenes)
“Big Spaceship Christmas Card” – Arthur Jones (00:27 – 00:43)
Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson (Ruth and Sylvie’s boat trip, pgs. 146-160)
Erasure – Percival Everett (My Pafology book within a book)
“Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis” – Tom Waits (the way he moves his mouth, live, 1979)
Filed under: issue #1 | Tags: Ann DeWitt, Gigantic, James Yeh, Lincoln Michel, Rozalia Jovanovic
Gigantic #1 arriving April 2009
Debut issue featuring:
-Deb Olin Unferth and Joe Wenderoth In conversation on the influences of “bad art.”
-New work from Ed Park, Shane Jones, Pedro Ponce, Justin Taylor, along with other new and exciting voices.
-Gary Shteyngart on meat.
-Line Drawings, collages and photography both odd and beautiful.
-Tao Lin asks Malcolm Gladwell some questions and also talks about genius, hamsters and, well, Malcolm Gladwell.