Gigantic magazine


the blood of the writers and the beer of the bars


GIGANTIC PRESS ROUND-UP

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Last weekend’s LitCrawl–which included Gigantic amongst many other fine NYC magazines and was a featured Goings on About Town in The New Yorker–was a great success. If you missed it, you can vicariously live the excitement in Suzanne Pettypiece’s article for Poets & Writers, Lit Crawl: Postcard From New York City. Gigantic‘s tale starts at the bottom of page one and continues for most of page two.

At 8 PM, right on schedule, the thumping dance music softened and the lights dimmed. A disco ball hanging just overhead splattered the audience and walls with red dots. Author Tao Lin—whose new press, Muumuu House, hosted its own event, Cash-Money-Obama Millionaires—stood up from where he was sitting on the floor, just beside the towering DJ booth, and gave us our first sign that we were about to be served from a nontraditional literary menu.

Also check out this video, the second half of which shows Tao Lin‘s Gigantic microreading as well as a short interview with Gigantic co-editor James Yeh.

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Gigantic Microreaders for the night included Ben Blum, Andrew Bulger, Matt Di Paoli, Yuka Igarashi, Tao Lin and James J. Williams III.

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Gigantic received a very nice shout out over at the New Pages blog:

The first issue of Gigantic is out, and it indeed holds up to its name (or rather, needs to be held up). This puppy is big, but in a fun-to-read-on-the-bus sort of way, and I imagine the superlarge, four-color image by Nat Russel of dancing cowboys is going to end up decorating a lot of walls.

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Lastly, McNally Jackson has some financial advice for you:

For $3.00, you could maybe buy a small fancy coffee drink, or a half of a pint of beer, or three normal-sized Snickers. You could also buy Gigantic. Gigantic is a brand new literary magazine, very big with many very small, very great things inside–like Ed Park’s story about visiting a nursing home, Jason Morphew’s poem about balls (yes), and lots of drawings that I only want to call “hand-drawn.” You should buy Gigantic with your $3.00.

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Gigantic Microreading at Home Sweet Home, Saturday May 16

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Gigantic Microreading

Less is more. More is also more.

Please join Gigantic, a new magazine of short prose and art, for three minute readings and/or artistic presentations from Gigantic #1 contributors Tao Lin, Shane Jones, James J. Williams III, Yuka Igarashi, Ben Blum, Andrew Bulger and Matt Di Paoli.

This event is a part of Lit Crawl NYC 2009. For updates and a full schedule of the night’s events, check it out here.

Saturday 5.16.09, 8pm

Home Sweet Home

131 Chrystie Street

New York, NY

J, M, or Z to Bowery

B or D to Grand

Ben Blum holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Berkeley. He is a fiction intern at The New Yorker and teaches writing to second graders at PS 110.

Andrew Bulger is a Brooklyn based artist and philosopher. He received a graduate degree in Philosophy from the London School of Economics and has since been exploring his preoccupations in art’s own language.

Yuka Igarashi is an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Quick Fiction and Gigantic. She lives farther out than you do in Brooklyn.

Tao Lin (b. 1983) is the author of the forthcoming novella SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL (Sept. 2009, Melville House) and four previous books.

James J. Willams III is an artist and curator. He has had solo exhibtions in New York, Paris, London, Berlin and Miami. James is seeking help for his growing Law and Order addicton.

Matthew Di Paoli is a native New Yorker. At Boston College, he received the Dever Fellowship and recently completed his MFA at Columbia.

Shane Jones is the author of the novel LIGHT BOXES (PGP 2009). His next book, THE FAILURE SIX, will be published by Fugue State Press in January 2010.



Gigantic at LitCrawl NYC 2009
22/02/2009, 2:21 am
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We are excited to announce that Gigantic will be curating a reading by some of our favorite and most exciting writers, as part of the 2009 LitCrawl NYC Festival.

Reading 5.16.09, venue TBA.

Gigantic #1 arriving April 2009, launch party date and venue TBA.