MILANO – T Magazine è il supplemento del famoso New York Times che si occupa di stile e cultura; il magazine da un po’ di tempo – con il cambio direzionale passato nelle mani della scrittrice Hanya Yanagihara – cerca di privilegiare i contenuti riguardanti libri e scrittura.
Scrittori su Instagram
E’ in questo senso che è nata l’iniziativa #TMicronovel , un hashtag che raccoglie su Instagram i ‘mini-racconti’: il giornale li commissiona a famosi scrittori chiedendo loro di ispirarsi ad una particolare foto, per creare così un contenuto esclusivo.
L’ultimo mini – racconto
Era già stato fatto un esperimento nel 2017 con la pubblicazione di una storia della famosa scrittrice femminista Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, autrice del romanzo ‘Americanah‘ (Einaudi) a lungo in cima alle classifiche. L’ultimo racconto pubblicato è della scrittrice Lydia Millet, che in Italia ha pubblicato nel 2008 ‘Cosa sognano i morti’ (Indiana), ispirato ad uno scatto di Tom Bianchi.
In our series #TMicronovel, we ask writers to submit short fiction inspired by a specific image. For this iteration, the writer Lydia Millet (@lydia.millet) — whose new book “Fight No More: Stories” is out today — used @TomBianchi’s photograph as inspiration for her story “Briefs,” written exclusively for T’s Instagram account: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Alonso was a bodybuilder but preferred not to show his muscles outside competition. He was modest. He focused on bulking up, put in his time at the gym, but did not like to get naked unless he was working. They hadn’t been together long when Jim began trying to wean him of this unseemly modest streak. You know the saying about the tree that falls in the forest? he asked Alonso. And doesn’t make a sound? Well then. If a man is naked alone in his bathroom, is he even really naked? Such a waste, Jim said, that Alonso wore board shorts instead of swim briefs at the hotel pools they visited. A waste! Alonso disagreed. Competitions were different, he said quietly. His face was less beautiful than his body, homely and gentle. It was his job to impress the judges, so he had to wear posing trunks then. But he wasn’t a nudist. I’m not saying nude, said Jim. It’s more like, better dressed. I want to show you off. You look too straight. What are you afraid of? Still Alonso wouldn’t be persuaded. Jim gifted him various briefs. Serious briefs and joke briefs. One pair had a snake head on the front, looking right at you from over the package. Another had a Christmas stocking and the words HUNG WITH CARE. One featured a photograph of an astronaut planting the flag on the moon. The moon flags are white now, said Alonso when he took that pair out of the box, looked at it, refolded it and set it aside. I read it in a magazine. They’re not American flags anymore. It’s the UV. Bleached by pure sunlight over the years. White flags. That’s what’s left of us on the moon. We came in peace for all mankind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #TArtIssue