First had the pleasure of seeing a Xu Bing installation at the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C. more than 10 years ago now… That visit to D.C. towards the end of when I was in high school, maybe the winter of 2002. Seeing this absurdly magnificent “Book from the Sky” on full display was a treat. Even though Xu Bing’s “Book” is printed with invented nonsense characters, they are each imbued with a literally unique effort. Each character is its own satire, its own criticism, its own act in defiance of (scriptographical, orthological?) authority.