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