October 2nd, 2014 / 8:06 pm
Behind the Scenes

Htmlgiant’s Last Day is October 24th

Today is a few days after our sixth anniversary. Blake Butler and I started this place because we wanted a hub for all of the writing we love, all of the people we enjoy reading, and to do it with a certain openness that we both appreciate. Along with everyone else that came along with us, we succeeded (and occasionally failed) at that for many years.

October 24th, 2014 will be the last day of operation for Htmlgiant. I’m going to step aside as managing editor effective immediately, and in the next few days I’ll open posting up for nearly everyone that has ever been a part of this site. On October 24th I will disable posting privileges for everyone and leave the site up for as long as we can afford it.

The next few weeks will hopefully be interesting, because if there’s anything this website deserves it’s an uncontrolled flameout.

The amount of respect and admiration I have for so many of the writers and editors that we’ve worked with over the years cannot be overstated. There are so many special people I want to hug and thank, and I have a feeling I’ll be doing it in person for years to come.

See you soon.

83 Comments

  1. A D Jameson

      Seconded.

  2. Blake Butler

      4chan.org

      newyorker.com

  3. Roger Wade

      I tell you what we’re gonna do, Marlboro. You’re gonna take that goddamn J.C. Penney tie off and we’re gonna have an old fashioned man to man drinking party.

  4. Adam

      Kirk Nesset, one of my two composition teachers in undergrad :( I was never sure anyone else knew who he was, even though his writing’s quite nice and he’s gotten some awards and whatnot.

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  6. LoicMarsillac

      Anything that doesn’t decry the fundamentally vacuous evil that is the Internet is part of the problem. It’s also something that never truly lived–the Internet kills all that it loves, and rather quickly at that…Make your home in the Internet and you’ve made your home in hell…a Dantean circle of it that yearns for the purifying disconnection/isolation of the pen, the paper, and the person–and nothing else.

  7. ĴɎĦ

      When I saw this, I went and tried to guess how many “older” pages there were. The first number I put in the url slot was 300. Boy, I was off. Before this latest spate of new posts, there were 1323 pages. (That’s a lotta coconuts.)

  8. MFBomb

      Feel like reading a Chis Higgs post: “The Epistemological Analysis of Unhuman Female Bodies as Experimental Literature.”

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  10. mimi

      sheesh

  11. Brooks Sterritt

      lol

  12. shaun gannon

      I promise to make only one post

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  14. Sara June Woods

      you absolutely should not make only one post

  15. Blake Butler

      email me shaun i’ll set you up

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  17. Daniel Goldman

      A lot of people are assuming this is related to the recent events w/ Dierks and Tao Lin? Is there actually any connection?

  18. Blake Butler

      no

  19. grm

      i’ve been working hard to assemble a lot of compare/contrast screenshots for my future children’s gradulation ceremonies but now that this event is happening i am deciding to merely post theeem here and to say that i loved the blake butler things about submitting, baby writers, and more, including but not limited to, most of m kitchell’s things, matthew simmons’ things, and jimmy chen’s things, in addition to but neither limited by nor swallowed neath the thoughts occasionally commented by one lorian long, and a thing about sophia le fraga that was real cool. maybe it is sad, i think it is maybe sad. i came to this website later than most people and when a shitty first thing i wrote was accepted i was shocked and wrote other things that were worse and maybe wrote one pissant thing toward the end that felt about right, but mostly i was just excited at the prospect of a plane where people could eat the same bags of garbage and swallow televisual montags without wondering too hard whether the police were going to pee. i hope some version of something similar exists someday maybe, though maybe not. i can’t rightly say. but to those who started it, fed it, set it on fire occasionally, put it out (often with urine) and rebuilt insane playlands on the ashes, i commend you, as the world is dense with facile chickenbones and my main mane is aloof and off to school. i will miss deadgod, someone who i’m beginning to think will reveal himself on my deathbed to be perhaps this combination of every landlord i’ve ever had including that one kind fellow i. who once received a text from my phone including a photograph and a recorded sound of me making some strange noises that i never remember sending and i don’t indulge in certain things anymore so it doesn’t make good hearty sense. that was a frightening situation. i think that if i had enough money i would buy all of you the collected back issues and a lifetime subscription to 2600 magazine. i’m going to buy that for 600 dollars when i finish this leg of my education and move somewhere, i think i might give away all my books then and only take with me whatever box all of these materials came in. have you all seen that edward snowden interview on the 2600 channel. i almost don’t want to post that here and might catch hell from somebody that wants to avoid conspiracies in addition to all the melee that’s gone on at this locale since the 1920s, but i just mentioned it in passing and do heartily recommend it, what a rush, like spraypainting a church while looking at the internet, that’s the future. also thanks to janice lee, she was always way too kind and and helpful and her work will be read before the last lights of earth go out.

  20. grm
  21. mimi

      a moving and idiosyncratic tribute to htmlg

  22. mimi
  23. Hol_5

      “If you’re a younger writer under the age of 25, I’d advise you to steer clear of scenes or cliques. Bury your head in books while the cool kids fry their brains on prescription drugs and write shitty poetry that would make Jim Morrison blush. You’ll win in the end.”

      THANK YOU.
      i have written this down for reference

  24. A D Jameson

      October 24th is United Nations Day. It’s a conspiracy.

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  26. leapsloth14 .

      Goodbye, rag!

  27. reynard seifert

      shit gene! where am i gonna post an essay every six months?

      well, it’s been a good ride. it was great meeting some of you in new orleans, but i don’t think i’ll ever regret not going to awp.

  28. ZZZZZIPPP

      THANK YOU GENE/BLAKE/ADJ & EVERYONE ELSE

      THANK YOU HTMLGIANT

      THANK YOU PHOTONS

      FOR A FEW YEARS THIS WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT WEBSITE IN ZZZIPP’S LIFE

      NOW WHERE DOES ZZIPP GO

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