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It’s been a tough couple of years for twins: The First Twins busted for underaged boozing, that beer commercial continually proclaiming, “I love burritos at 4 a.m….and twins!” Look, just ’cause there’s two of us doesn’t make us easy! Twins are alternately drawn as life-sized novelty toys in matching outfits, fodder for slutty threesome fetishes, and devious plotters. Well, contrary to widely held belief, twins don’t kill sunny afternoons chewing Doublemint gum while riding tandem bikes. And we don’t spend much time switching in and out of one another’s identities or fretting about the psychological threat of “the double.” Well, OK: Orphaned twins Rebecca and Linda Carey do in John Rolfe Gardiner’s latest novel, Double Stitch. So much so that eventually, one of them runs all the way to China to be freenot that physical distance could truly separate them, what with the twin thing and all. Engage in a little reductive twinism when Gardiner reads at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Jason Cherkis)