Monthly Archives: February 2011

THE LOUDNESS OF LIFE by Peter Nolan Smith

Not all intellectuals have been exiled by the exorbitant rents from Manhattan. The other evening editors, writers, publishers, agents, actors, painters, and pundits gathered at a West Village triplex of a right-wing journalist recently returned from the Libyan revolution. Nobody was famous, although several of the attendees had come close. The first arrivals congregated in […]

Gone the Tundra

My early youth was spent along the coast of Maine. Winters were harsh. My father was native to Westbrook and every autumn would say, “There are two seasons in Maine. Winter and preparing for winter.” He had learned this adage from his father and his father from his father, for no matter how corny the […]

Stripping for the TSA

My occasions for continental flights within the United States. Most of my travels in America is by ground or sea. The ferry from the Manhattan terminal carries passengers to Staten Island. The Harlem and Hudson trains get me up to Duchess county and the LIRR plodders out to the Hamptons. The Fung Wah bus from […]

PIERRE HENRY – Psyché Rock

Super groovy Frenchie psychedelia and let’s not forget the best 27 minutes of music to ever come out of France Serge Gainsbourg’s THE BALLAD OF MELODY NELSEN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZDDDFNHApI Serge is accompanied on this lush lyric album by his British muse of youth, Jane Birken, as backing vocals along with Alan Parker on guitar, Brian Odgers […]

BRING ON THE REVOLUTION by Peter Nolan Smith

Last week I went out to eat with my nephews and their parents at a Mexican restaurant on Okochobee Boulevard in west Palm Beach. The conversation gravitated to sports; baseball for Trey, golf for Reese, and basketball for their father and me. Their mother was happy to be left in peace. After dinner we stepped […]