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elimae: a reading, featuring 6+ Gigantic coeditors and contributors

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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

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It’s A Picture. Images from Issue 1 Launch Party.

Gigantic Issue 1 Launch Party and Benefit, Starr Space, Brooklyn, NY, April 25th, 2009

 

For a Full Slideshow of the Evenings Delights, Please See:

http://s573.photobucket.com/albums/ss174/Giganticmagazine/Issue 1 Launch Party/?albumview=slideshow




thank you for coming
26/04/2009, 7:47 am
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more to come soon. but thanks to everyone for a most assuredly memorable evening.



The RETURNS and the SIZZLES

The RETURNS and The SIZZLES

What Exactly Do We Aim to Get Out of All of This?

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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.

-The Editors



Gigantic at Opium Live, Ep. 3

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Rozalia Jovanovic, James Yeh, Ann DeWitt and Lincoln Michel. (aka The Four Gigantics) will be interviewed tomorrow for Opium Live. Also featured will be playwright Terry Selucky and novelist John Wray.

Drop by if you can.

When: April 7, 7:55 p.m. (doors at 7)
Where: Happy Ending (302 Broome Street @ Forsyth), NYC
Cost: Free!

Full info.



Fragments pt. II
26/03/2009, 12:19 pm
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An ongoing attempt to catalog our aesthetic…

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Fragments pt. II (Part I is here. )

Once Upon a Time in AmericaSergio Leone (Henry Fonda as Frank)

Wise BloodFlannery O’Connor (pgs. 177-182, when he meets the gorilla)

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice”Beach Boys (Acapella Version, Pet Sounds Sessions, Disc 3)

Until the Kingdom Comes photographs –  Simen Johan (the lama)

The Quick and the DeadJoy Williams (interior monologue)

On Being Blue William H. Gass (meditations on cursing and sex scenes)

Wizard People, Dear ReaderBrad Neely (the cribbage match)

Optic Nerve Issue #4 – Adrian Tomine (pgs. 1-11)

William Eggleston in the Real WorldMichael Almereyda (scenes with Eggleston in Memphis, esp. Eggleston in his black socks and boxers watching t.v.)

Lasagna Cat – Fatal Farm (4/25/1979)

EndgameSamuel Beckett (“You’re on Earth, there’s no cure for that!”)

Women and ChildrenRoyal Art Lodge (children)

Jesus’ SonDenis Johnson (descriptions of landscapes, hallucinations)

Billy HazelnutsTony Millionaire (Billy goes crazy, pgs. 88-94)

Sherman’s MarchRoss McElwee (scenes featuring Pat Rendleman and Charleen Swansea)

“Big Spaceship Christmas Card”Arthur Jones (00:27 – 00:43)

HousekeepingMarilynne Robinson (Ruth and Sylvie’s boat trip, pgs. 146-160)

ErasurePercival Everett (My Pafology book within a book)

Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis” – Tom Waits (the way he moves his mouth, live, 1979)



Debut issue update
06/02/2009, 12:03 am
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Gigantic #1 arriving April 2009

Debut issue featuring:

-Deb Olin Unferth and Joe Wenderoth In conversation on the influences of “bad art.”

-New work from Ed Park, Shane Jones, Pedro Ponce, Justin Taylor, along with other new and exciting voices.

-Gary Shteyngart on meat.

-Line Drawings, collages and photography both odd and beautiful.

-Tao Lin asks Malcolm Gladwell some questions and also talks about genius, hamsters and, well, Malcolm Gladwell.