alisa alering

Writer of fantasy and other fictions

More Twins

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I’ve been away for a while. I have things to say, but not enough time to type them out coherently. Hopefully that will change, maybe by July.

In the meantime, visit this slideshow about a village in Kerala (India) that has an unusually high incidence of twinning.

NIKLAS HALLE'N / BARCROFT MEDIA, From the Telegraph (UK)

NIKLAS HALLE'N / BARCROFT MEDIA, From the Telegraph (UK)

There were twins in my elementary school for all of six weeks–I remember them getting on the school bus in matching dresses. I “dated” an antipodean guy who was a twin–or said he was–but his twin was back home; 12,000 miles is too far to go for fact-checking (are you still a twin when you’re that far away?). I know a pair of identical twin sisters who–due to post-birth factors–don’t look at all alike (I think there was even an Oprah show about this. Or Sally Jessie?).

I like books that run with the twin idea. West Africa has the highest rate of twinning in the world, and a culture that reflects that. Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl tells the story of a young girl from London who travels back to Nigeria with her family and meets her twin sister who died shortly after their birth.

Twins are a sort of naturally occurring doppleganger, a living representation of other possibilities, of paths not taken, and yet to take. Maybe I’m fascinated because I find other people so hard to get along with that I wish I had another me to be my friend.

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Author: Alisa Alering

I write stories. I read stories.

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