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My grandfather took a strip of paper.
Do you want to see something magic, he asked. I nodded.

Look,he said. One side. Two sides. But if I give it a twist before I glue it, it only has one side.

I knew that was impossible. I took a pen and traced along it, and wound up, somehow, back where I began.

Only one side, he said.

What do you think will happen if I cut it into two, along the middle of the strip?

Two loops? I said.

He showed me how to cut, and I cut along the strip. It opened into one enormous loop. Then made another strip: this time, he twisted it twice before he glued it. I cut. Now there were two loops all right, but they were linked, connected, one through the other one.

Magic, I said.

That's right, he said, magic. It's all in the twist. It's the twist that brings you back where you started.

And I'm walking along the strip now, thinking that there are two sides to every question, two sides to every coin. That the world is what I think it is, and that memory plays you straight and nothing's tricky.

And I'm walking on.

I build a place, and I plan my life, and every time I plan, the world twists, not much, just a half-turn from where I thought I'd be, and the plans are somehow on the other side of where I wanted to turn up.

And when I try to cut someone out of my life, I discover we’re still linked. There's back, and there's forward when I start out, but the further forward I go, I’m no further away from back. I'm a child, and I'm an adult, and I'm a parent and I'm a grandfather, and in the end, I’m returning to a place I remember.

When we forget, when we forget everything, forget the past as we forget the future, then the last twist takes us back, and so I'm showing a small child how to make a Möbius strip. I take the paper, and I give it half a twist before I glue it down.

I'm old now. And I'm young. I'm somewhere on the strip, we all are, walking the sign of infinity. Into the darkness. And I'm looking for signs of life in my memory, reflected in the mirror.

I'm a Möbius strip. We all are.

We only ever see one face. It's the twist that brings you back where you started.

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from Signs of Life, released April 28, 2023
Words by Neil Gaiman, Music by FourPlay String Quartet

Produced by Lara Goodridge, Tony Buchen and FourPlay
Additional production by Justin Tresidder

Recorded by Matt Wiggins at The Church Studios, London

Vocals recorded by Justin Tresidder at Sony Music Studios, Sydney

Mixed by Justin Tresidder at Hydrofunk HQ, Mullumbimby

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