A new bartender at Friendly Lounge, my neigborhood's watering hole for misshappen and garrulous schmucks. Twenty-nine-years old, Stephanie Potter graduated from Moore College in Spring of last year. Originally from Fredericksburg, VA, Stephanie studied in Baltimore before coming to Philly. She's preparing a studio space in Fishtown. At Moore, Stephanie learned from Sreshta Rit Premnath. Rit was a student at Bard College when I taught there.
Decades ago, I was an art installer at Moore, and in 1994, I curated an exhibition for them called "Toys and Incense." Googling, I was trying to see if there's any trace of this show online. I found this:
"Playfulness, improvisation, and experimentation are central to Dinh’s literary and nonliterary works. Dinh’s 1994 exhibit 'Toys and Incense,' which he produced as a guest curator at the Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art and Design, was a reference and response to Arthur Rimbaud's playfulness in his question, 'pourquoi pas déja les joujoux et l'encens?' ('Why not toys and incense already?') The disruptiveness and playfulness of this exhibit lies at the heart of his writing, which is defined, as Marianne Villanueva (2008) observes, by 'break[ing] accepted norms in an overt attempt to play with form.'"--Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History, edited by Xiaojian Zhao and Edward J.W. Park.
I had no idea I was included in such an encyclopedia, but thank you, Xiaojian and Edward, for squeezing me in.
After several summers of teaching at Bard, I was dropped without an explanation. Ann Lauterbach's parting words to me were, "You're always close to our hearts," with the implication that I would be brought back. Though I can't prove it, I'm convinced the video below led to my removal. After I had shown it in a seminar, Anne couldn't conceal her disgust and even called it juvenile. Ann's sensibility is different from mine, to say the least. It is finer. I, on the other hand, can be recklessly playful.