Thursday, April 30, 2009

KGB is Cool. It Has Cool Readings.

Just Three Minutes!

The Gigantic launch party is over. After a brief postpartum slump, I'm back on my feet and will be reading at KGB Bar, part of the elimae reading hosted by Shya Scanlon. I'm honored to be part of this great line-up of readers which includes: Dawn Raffel, Todd Zuniga, Justin Taylor, Lincoln Michel, James Yeh, John Madera, Kimberly King Parsons, and Tao Lin among many other great writers.

Where: KGB bar (4th street) just west of 2nd avenue
When: May 26, 7pm - 9pm
What: 3-minute readings

Friday, April 24, 2009



Our new magazine Gigantic is now represented at the legendary bookstore, Shakespeare & Company, Paris, which has an amazingly beautiful website.

Speaking of amazing and beautiful websites, I'm also thrilled to share Gigantic's newly-launched website designed by artist Joanna Neborsky, who is also the protege of Maira Kalman. Welcome:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Two New Pieces on the Eteam and Howcast

A New Frontier of Virtual Value and Stetsons: here

see eteam

Function Follows Funmaking: here

see howcast

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gigantic has Joined Us

She is Bold; He is Brobdingnagian

I spent the afternoon under a canopy of colored paper at the printers off Hunter's Point. The product, I must say, is superb.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Gigantic Interview

Todd and Gigantic (from left: Lincoln, James, me, Annie)

Todd and john wray

terry selucky

April 7, Gigantic was interviewed by Todd Zuniga (Editor of Opium Magazine) for his Opium Live event at Happy Ending. It is a blur now, but what I remember is Annie saying "S&M" in a discourse meant to be illustrative of what we do, and me reaching out to grab the microphone from Lincoln or Jame's hand, and me thinking after, of many witty things I could have said during. Probably tomorrow, I will remember being surprised by other things I do not remember today.

Oh, I do remember being unnerved by Todd's (both ends of whose collar were neatly tucked into his red sweater) question: something to the effect of 'what are the returns for you in starting a literary magazine?' [For clarification on this question, see comments below, or the Gigantic site]. I was not the one with the microphone, but if I was, I would have said, 'We are creating a thing that we like and that we hope will heighten the appreciation of short prose and make it more accessible--some people will like it, others will not.' But I am hopeful. I hope it is more liked than not. And, yes, James's wrist is in a splint, and he does seem proud.

Photos by author Lee Bob Black

Thursday, April 9, 2009

From the Notebooks of Nat Russell

"Self Help"

"Let's Watch it Happen"

I recently wrote a piece on the illustrations of Nat Russell. He will be featured in the first issue of Gigantic. Nat, at one time, was a skater. He may still be. But when he was nineteen, he put his arm around Dr. Ruth. You can vote on the title of Nat's book of collected words, drawings and phrases here: VOTE, or at the bottom of my piece.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Gigantic Is Celebrating It's Birth

A Fete for All Time (or at least a few good hours)

Come and celebrate with me and the other editors of Gigantic - make us laugh - we are SO tired and relieved and need some comic and other relief!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Gigantic is Being Interviewed

For the Very First Time

I'm being interviewed, alongside the co-editors of Gigantic, our little mag that could, tomorrow night (Tues. 4/7) by Todd Zuniga for his Opium Live event. I have no idea what Todd is going to ask us. I am a little afraid. But you should come by and have a beer and watch me answer Todd's fierce questions. We're being featured alongside writers John Wray and Terry Selucky. Lucky us!

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

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Extraordinary Experiences of Stephen Elliott

A Year of Being Homeless and Russian Ads from the Eighties

Stephen Elliott's piece, "Where I Slept" is well worth reading. With both feet on the ground, he approaches his year of being homeless to startling effect. For comedic relief, you might want to check out, also on The Rumpus, a Video Interruption of some masterpieces of Russian advertisement from the eighties, which will make you laugh out loud.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Me, Deb and Debbie Harry

Those Were the Days

Finally, a photograph on my Facebook page (tagged by Joe) that I am satisfied with (I'm on the left). I've seen Deb (right) look better though. Was that the Halloween bash at the farm? I thought it was us at the Mudd Club circa 1982 after we did coke off the bathroom sink with Debbie Harry. The paparazzi startled us both.

I'm glad I got this before my reading last night at KGB. It made me laugh and I was less nervous. Waking up this morning I saw a post about our magazine Gigantic, which thrilled me. It was something about all the Gigantics happening in April, which is true - there are a lot of Gigantics happening in April. It's like when George Harrison wrote
that song and someone said, "hey, that's my song," and George said, in court, "something was in the air," and got off. Something gigantic is in the air.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

So Moved by Maira

Has Frida Ever Looked So Smashing?

Yes. Probably always, actually. But still, I adore Maira Kalman (see below -no - way below), and I like that I could write about her for The Rumpus even though the piece is very short and, maybe, sweet. And also because I also adore The Rumpus.