Douglas Heller talks about Paul Hollister’s eccentricity. Oral history interview with Douglas Heller, September 7, 2018, Bard Graduate Center. Clip length: 01:40.

Douglas Heller:  …he brought a lot to the table, but he was clearly uncomfortable in being pigeon-holed as just a certain person, you know, he wasn’t going to be the dry professor. We were up in Corning once at a Glass Art Society Convention, at the end of the conference they had a party, they always did, and Paul decided to make a costume that night. And he just made a costume out of—he took a t-shirt, turned it inside out, wore over his head so it looked like a nun’s habit, you know, and I was with another person who was very important to me in a mentorship role, Tom Bueckner, who was director of the Corning Museum of Glass when he was young—I think he was the youngest museum director in United States. He was director of the Brooklyn Museum, also an extraordinarily erudite man and talented painter, graduated, I think, from the Sorbonne. Tom was horrified, you know, he goes—he turned to me and says ‘Keep him in his room,’ you know. So we went to the party and had a good time and a lot of people had a better time because Paul was there. But he reveled in that, in not allowing people to be too comfortable. I think that was part of it. He liked to get under the skin, now nothing could seem to me more dry and conventional than to be a paperweight expert, you know. So I think he, you know, embellished who he was a bit or just reveled in who he really was, you know, in contradiction to your expectations of that.