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Tealight Talks - "Duality" Part 2

Each month, the editors of Tealight Press interview each other with questions based on the months theme. For this months 'Tealight Talks', Matt interviews Sash on Tealight's topic for January, "Duality."


What’s your favourite piece of media that explores the theme of duality?

I think it's a theme I enjoy across a lot of media. I like characters that clash, or are two sides of the same coin - recently I watched Can't Cope, Won't Cope which is a sitcom about two Irish twenty-something best friends with some intense co-dependency issues.


Have you been in two minds over a decision recently?

Right now I'm wondering whether to move from Canada back to the UK as soon as the borders open up again. The pandemic has scuppered a lot of my travel plans and I'm so anxious I can barely concentrate. Mostly I'm angry; it's more apparent than ever that the people in power are there for their own gain, rather than being in any way qualified to lead, guide or help us.


What’s an unlikely combination of genres that you love?

Space Westerns. I love Cowboy Bebop and Firefly, anything that combines rugged elements of Earth's wild west with the sleek, advanced technology of space.


There are websites where you can upload a picture of the yourself and facial recognition software matches you with another user of similar appearance. Have you ever met a stranger with an uncanny resemblance to yourself?

When I was in college, my friends insisted there was a doppelganger of me who they kept seeing in the corridors but who I never met. A few years later I was walking through Leeds university campus and I saw someone who looked very much like me from the back (the same hairstyle, cut and colour as I had at the time) and had a total out of body experience. For a moment, I was convinced I was watching myself from afar.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I love the nighttime. It's more solitary and when I'm tired the hypercritical part of my brain shuts down, so I get more creative stuff done.

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