Monthly Archives: October 2015

# 17 by Peter Nolan Smith

One wintry December night in 1976 I stumbled home from a derelict bar at the corner of the Bowery and Houston. The icy wind slashed through my thin clothing and I was about to hail a taxi to my SRO tenement on 11th Street, when the thump of a frantic bass emanated from a white […]

King Chulalongkorn Day

His Majesty King Chulalongkorn the Great or Rama V was born at the Chakri dynasty’s Bangkok Grand Palace in 1853. The Phra Phuttha Chao Luang or the Royal Buddha ascended to the throne after the death of King Mongkut during a military expedition against the Malay sultanates. The young King traveled around Asia to see […]

Jimmy Durante’s Beer Mug

Andre the Giant was a huge man as anyone can tell from how small the beer can looks in his hand. The champion pro wrestler was also a monstrous drinker once downing 199 beers in a sitting. The American singer/pianist Jimmy Durante aka the Schnozzola also liked his beer. And he loved his wife, Mrs. […]

Demure Dumpster Diving

Recently the drummer from the Gang of Four wrote that he had taught his daughter how to shop at thrift stores. I congratulated Hugh on weaning her from gratuitous consumerism, but also warned about the possible future dangers of his daughter finding the pleasure of dumpster diving for clothing and more. It is not a […]

Catherine Denevue

From REPULSION. From Bunuel’s BELLE DU JOUR Chanel eternal. Few actresses symbolize class better than Catherine Denevue. A beauty for the ages.