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Stories in Three Lines, v. 2
24/11/2009, 9:56 pm
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Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890, by Paul Signac

Stories in Three Lines, v. 2

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

Inspired by Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines. Below, two stories, a novel and a collection of rejection letters are discovered, digested and summarized, all within three lines.

The prisoner had been imprisoned for ripping a poster — “accidentally,” he claimed.

It was like the two of them were trying to make a snowman without enough snow.

Listen to a game on the radio, listen to people talk, listen to what happens when they talk, stuff’ll happen when they talk.

He could have just said “No.”

THE CAVEMAN by Xiaoda Xiao, published in The Collagist.

WE DECIDED NOT TO GIVE THEM FACES by Kim Chinquee, also published in The Collagist.)

SPORTS by Kenneth Goldsmith, published by Make Now, Los Angeles, 2008.


Stories in Three Lines, v. 1 found here.

Novels in Three Lines in Art
04/05/2009, 9:46 pm
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Gigantic #1 contributor (and Gigantic magazine website designer) Joanna Neborsky will be showing her beautiful thesis work, based on Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines, over the next two weeks at the Visual Arts Gallery. More info here.

Joanna’s exhibit was written about on the New York Review of Books blog, which includes a little shoutout to Gigantic at the bottom.

You should drop by if you can, it is sure to be stunning.

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.