What parts of your life do you experience duality in?

We asked writers to share times that they feel like they have to be more than one person, and how that feeling translates into their writing. For some, this means knowing what words and tone to use, or which way to act. Some people feel it most of the time, and others rarely. This sensation is not unique to immigrants, but they often feel it strongly when they are in a new situation.

R.O. Kwon

“People most often see my BODY before they see anything else of ME.”

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Dina Nayeri

“We are all a MULTIPLICITY. We’re not just two of anything.”

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Jenny Xie

“I think what DRIVES ME to writing, and what drives me to other people, and what continues always to interest me is the MYSTERIES inside people, what’s hidden, what’s irreducible, what remains always uninterpreted, unknown.”

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