lot. Just like him. I am also keenly interested in design issues. So I am, in many ways, rather like thisAmerican you know as Bruce Sterling.There is, however, a major difference. Your Bruce Sterling is a foreigner who can barely readItalian. He knows almost nothing about our real Torino. When he wanders among you he is like asmall child, he's full of wonder and childlike astonishment. Italians should pity this man. They should try to help him. Whereas I myself am Torino's best known writer of futuristic scienceﬁction. I was born here, I was educated here, I was married here, I have children here. But I don'twant to boast about my successful career. I certainly don't want to talk any more about BruceSterling.Instead, I want to talk, in detail, about Torino. My own Torino. Torino: a literary city. An engineeringcity. A city of design. A city of education. A city of architecture and urban planning. A capital city.Yes, Torino. Torino in the multiverse.Now, my Torino, the Torino of Bruno Argento, isa Torino from a parallel world. So my Torino isnot entirely and totally identical to your Torino. Ido not want to tell you that my Torino, theTorino of Bruno Argento, is superior to your Torino. I do not claim that—because Torino isunique in all the multiverse. All forms of Torinoare, in some sense, Torino.However, I do know Torino. I know every quarter, I know every street. I know every every variety of chocolate and I know every caféwhere you can get bicerin. I know my city almost as well as Giuseppe Culicchia.All forms of Torino have some form of Beppe Culicchia in them. I thought it was important for you to know that.Now to the point of my visit here. I must tell you, frankly, as a fellow Turinese, that in my futuristic, visionary, fantascienza Torino, we have certain features that you seem to lack.First, there is Slow Food. I know that all Piedmontese are properly proud of your Slow FoodMovement. I certainly don't want to hurt your feelings. But our Slow Food is slower than yours.Much slower. In your world, Carlo Petrini, Carlino from Bra, he is considered an oppositionalﬁgure. He's an anti-globalist, he's against McDonald's and fast food. Carlo is someone pushingagainst the grain.
My Twin Brother, Bruno Argento