There are stories the man recites quietly into the room which slip from level to level like a hawk. (Michael Ondaatje, in The English Patient)

I became aware of the twinfulness of my personality at an early age … and probably realised (or admitted) pretty soon afterwards that there is a good twin and an evil twin. These days, it’s impossible to pin such labels on my inner twins – I’m no longer sure which is which.

This blog is twin to |a twisted pair|, which I inaugurated in March 2010 as a way of exploring the twinfulness of my personality. But the twins were not content to share a single blog site; in fact, they insist on having two … and sharing both.

The argument goes like this: each twin needs the right to be free, uninhibited and independent. And both twins need to work together collaboratively. The flip-side, of course, is that you may occasionally find them meddling in one another’s affairs.

No destiny seems to me more enviable than that of an artist who can permit himself to observe the world around him and to reproduce it in his own way. (Alain Elkann, in ‘Envy’)

Contact me by email: x-ties@hotmail.com

Elkann, Alain. 2007. Envy. Translated from the Italian by Alastair McEwen. London: Puskin Press.

Ondaatje, Michael. 1992. The English Patient. London: Bloomsbury.

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