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Gigantic Issue 2: Gigantic America, Release Party, PPOW Gallery

Many warm thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for the Gigantic Issue 2: Gigantic America Release Party at the PPOW Gallery in Chelsea! Thank you too to all our readers and performers and to PPOW for hosting the night’s events!

The evening featured a performance by Lydia Bell, original work by Sasha Fletcher and Justin Taylor, as well as a series of “surrogate readings” featuring content from the issue: Nina Schloesser reading Ken Sparling, Joshua Cohen reading Joe Wenderoth, Mike Topp reading Brian Beatty, and Kendra Grant Malone reading Deb Olin Unferth. In addition, the gallery hosted the installation of Brooklyn artist David Mahfouda’s 130-foot, handmade American flag, damaged during celebrations after Obama’s election and restored by the Brooklyn-based Fixers Collective.

Thank you to our photographer for the evening, Annabel Braithwaite for Belathée Photography.  For a full slide show of Annabel’s images from the evening please click here. In addition, The Hostess Project has generously posted a slide show on flickr.

Check out Christopher Koulouris of Scallywag & Vagabond’s pithy recap of the evening here. Thanks, Chris! 

It is safe to say, that this lot are onto something and a thorough read of what they have put out certainly had me invigorated and rather charmed […] With their America issue the editors were intent on discovering what it is to be American, where America lives at this moment and where America is possibly heading.  – Christopher Koulouris, Scallywag & Vagabond

Copies of Gigantic Issue 2: Gigantic America are now available in stores throughout the city, as well as these fine independents across the nation. Subscriptions are also available online here.

Stay tuned to our website for companion content to the new issue!



Gigantic Issue #2 Release Party

Flyer by Skyler Balbus

Please join us in celebrating the release of Gigantic‘s second issue: Gigantic America. Featuring interviews with Lydia Millet, Adrian Tomine and Sam Lipsyte; new fiction from Robert Coover and Leni Zumas; art by Thomas Doyle and Thomas Allen; along with collectible biographies of famous Americans, as written by, among others, Deb Olin Unferth, Michael Kimball, Clancy Martin and Stephen O’Connor.

Our launch party will include short readings from Gigantic #2 contributors Deb Olin Unferth, Stephen O’Connor and Sasha Fletcher; a special performance by artist Lydia Bell; a special “surrogate” reading of Brian Beatty’s work by Mike Topp; on view, Dinh Q. Lê’s Elegies; cheap drinks and all the fun and miscellaneous delights you’ve come to expect from things Gigantic.

Please stay tuned for more updates or check our facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=305800204437&ref=ts.

Gigantic Issue #2 Launch Party

Saturday, February 27, 2010

6:30-11pm

PPOW Gallery

511 W 25th St #301

New York, NY

Free





Gigantic #1 Interview Preview

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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)


DISEMBODIED ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS YOU WILL HAVE TO BUY

THE MAGAZINE TO LEARN

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

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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”