I’ve collected coincidences for ten years. It started when I read two books in a row that both included the phrase ‘antique dental instrument.’ While that was not the first coincidence I ever noticed in my reading, that singular instance convinced me to keep a record. I began to consider that the phrase might have been the profound masquerading as the mundane. Or not.
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Candace Hicks collects coincidences from the books she reads and gathers them in her artists’ books. Her compendiums of coincidence witness the world in detail in the same way that a landscape or portrait artist makes observations and records the result with the exception that Hicks describes literary exercises in memory. Her books are records that show the world through a particular, specific, sometimes obsessive, point of view. She recently became the Coordinator of Foundations at Stephen