Jan 15, 2012

On Dickens' two selfs

Even Dickens didn’t understand his energy. He grasped that there was a wildness in him, and so did nearly everyone who knew him. When Dostoevsky met Dickens in 1862 — a meeting that is hard to imagine — Dickens explained that there were two people inside him, “one who feels as he ought to feel and one who feels the opposite.”
To what Dostoevsky’s replied: “Only two people?” 
That is from this NYT article.
Addendum: This is a short chapter on the economics of identity. 

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