Filed under: events, Issue 2, press | Tags: Annabel Braithwaite, Belathée Photography, Brian Beatty, Christopher Koulouris, David Mahfouda, Deb Olin Unferth, Issue 2, Joe Wenderoth, Joshua Cohen, Justin Taylor, Ken Sparling, Kendra Grant Malone, Lydia Bell, Mike Topp, Nina Schloesser, PPOW Gallery, Release Party, sasha fletcher, Scallywag & Vagabond
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
Stay tuned to our website for companion content to the new issue!
Filed under: events | Tags: Gigantic, Gigantic magazine, James Yeh, Justin Taylor, Lincoln Michel
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.
–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.
557 Manhattan Avenue (at Driggs Ave)
Filed under: events | Tags: elimae, events, Gigantic, James Yeh, Justin Taylor, Lincoln Michel, readings, Rozalia Jovanovic, tao lin, Todd Zuniga
elimae: a reading @ kgb bar in nyc
Totally last minute, but if you’re in the NYC area, come check out elimae: a reading tonight at KGB Bar, featuring 6+ Gigantic coeditors and contributors. A “marathon” of “three minute or less readings” from a roster of fine writers including, but not limited to:
Shya Scanlon, Lincoln Michel*, Rozalia Jovanovic*, Kimberly King Parsons, James Yeh*, Justin Taylor*, Nicolle Elizabeth, Tao Lin*, Nick Antosca, Todd Zuniga*, Dennis DiClaudio, John Madera, Timmy Waldron, Forrest Roth, Terese Svoboda, Barry Graham, Dawn Raffel, Sasha Graybosch, Eric Nusbaum and more.
(* denotes Gigantic coeditor or contributor)
Hosted by Shya Scanlon. Admission is free.
Tuesday, May 26th @ KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, NYC 7pm
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, 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: Adam Wilson, Anya Yurchyshyn, Cormac McBootay, debut issue, DJ HemingYeh, events, Justin Taylor, Kenny Aquiles, Kristen O'Toole, Lauren Spohrer, Todd Zuniga
Filed under: press | Tags: Duotrope, Gigantic, Gigantic magazine, htmlgiant, Justin Taylor, NewPages, Submissions
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 has also been listed in Duotrope. Click on the following link to track your submissions and responses: