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Wednesday, Nov 9 2011
Behold one of the most irritating situations known to humanity: You're positive you're right about something that happened, but someone else insists the precise opposite is true. They might even be really nice about it, say it's no big deal. Doesn't matter. You know your memory is correct, damn it. And the whole thing keeps your mind in its tight grip. This is the situation John Herschend finds himself in when a co-worker lends him a copy of Don Quixote. A few months later he is 100 percent sure he has returned it, whereas she is convinced he still has it. The lengths to which he goes to persuade her of his point are elaborated in his installation "The Book You Said I Never Returned." The first hints of Herschend's obsession appear in a short film about his friend Tucker Nichols, ostensibly created to document an art show last spring. But before you can say "tilting at windmills" Herschend has coerced Nichols into joining him on a surprise visit to the book loanee's house, just to ever-so-casually scope out her bookshelf and prove that the tome is there. The exhibit contains further "evidence" of Herschend's side of the story in the form of photographs, paintings, and even a PowerPoint presentation. Decide for yourself whether to believe him – or indeed whether the incident even happened in the first place. Consider the book that was loaned, after all, and whether a narrator can ever be trusted.
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