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This was the first and worst time someone got really angry and had a go at us. He came towards our table and aggressively shouted at us: You are thieves! We tried to explain we were just displaying one-offs. We didn’t sell them. We were using the books to think about other things. Most of the people that get angry seem to get angry because if they become successful one day, piracy would infringe their property rights. We met a lot of people at MoMA and had a lot of interesting conversations. When the reading rooms worked well we met experts, people to disagree with, to move forward with, to dwell in minutiae. When they worked badly we repeated the same rehearsed explanation over and over, stuck on the surface of the arguments.

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