Gigantic magazine

we are helping present a reading
09/02/2010, 4:54 pm
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Thursday, Feb. 11th, 7pm

Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Gigantic Present:
Greatest Three-Minute Rock ‘n’ Roll Story Ever

You know, Brooklyn is a kind of alright place for music and books. But where can you find the two together? At Greatest Three-Minute Rock ‘n’ Roll Story Ever, that’s where.

Greatest Three-Minute Rock ‘n’ Roll Story Ever is where writers, rockers and raconteurs are united at last, relating three-minute stories of youth, sex, booze, noise and a little thing called rock ‘n’ roll.

Readings from:

Jami Attenberg (Author, The Melting Season)
Justin Taylor (Author, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever)
Franz Nicolay (Musician/Writer, Complicated Gardening Techniques)
Zachary German (Author, Eat When You Feel Sad)
Nick Gazin (Artist, Vice Magazine)
-Jens Carstensen (The Giraffes)
-James Yeh (Gigantic)
-Aaron Hartman (Old Time Relijun/Girls in Trouble)
Kendra Grant Malone (Poet, author of the chapbook Conor Oberst Sex)
-Mike Conklin (L Magazine)
-Chelsea Hodson (poet)
-Maura Johnston (The Awl/Village Voice)
-Eric Davidson – New Bomb Turks/Author of We Never Learn)
-Lincoln Michel (Gigantic/The Faster Times)
-Derek Evers (Impose Magazine)
-Beverly Hames (Fox & Fawn/Vice blog)
-Aaron Lefkove (LiveFastDie/Liquor Store)
-Michaelangelo Matos (A.V. Club/The Stranger)

Plus! A Very special set by The Wailing Wall.

Hosted by Jason Diamond and James Yeh

Susan, Franz and Maria play rock covers on accordion


No cover, totally free.

Bar Matchless
557 Manhattan Avenue (at Driggs Ave)
Brooklyn, NY

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.

New website launch, new features

It is here:

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New website launch, new features, Art by Thomas Doyle, Fiction by Shya Scanlon and Fiction by J.A. Tyler.

Huge thanks go out to Joanna Neborsky, for designing it, and Daniel Carvalho, for programming it.

Stay tuned for weekly-ish updates!

art by thomas doyle

Maybe you’ve seen it around
19/04/2009, 10:35 pm
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Real New Yorkers are puzzled by Gigantic

Real New Yorkers (not actors!) thoughtfully peruse Gigantic #1

Gigantic #1

DIALOGUES // Malcolm Gladwell / Tao Lin / Gary Shteyngart / Deb Olin Unferth / Joe Wenderoth // FICTION // Kenny Aquiles / Dan Bevacqua / Ben Blum / Matt Di Paoli / Doug Elsass / Howard Good / Yuka Igarashi / Derek Johnson / Shane Jones / Kristen O’Toole / Ed Park / Pedro Ponce / Lauren Spohrer / Justin Taylor / Adam Wilson / Anya Yurchyshyn // SEIZURE STATE // Joe Wenderoth / Jason Morphew // ART // Andrew Bulger / Mark Hewko / Jerome Jakubiec / Kevin Kwan / Joanna Neborsky / Thomas Pierce / Nathaniel Russell / Erin Grey West / James J. Williams III / Todd Zuniga


(online ordering info here)

and in case you’ve forgotten

Gigantic launch party // Sat. April 25th // Starr Space

108 Starr Street in Bushwick. L train to Jefferson.
$6 dollar donation, comes with free copy of issue #1
Live music by The Five Cents and Adron
Short readings and presentations by Todd Zuniga, Justin Taylor and others
Late night DJing from King Vitamin, DJ HemingYeh and Cormac McBootay

8 pm to 3 am

There is also a flier

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.

Gigantic has also been listed in Duotrope. Click on the following link to track your submissions and responses:

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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.