Monthly Archives: August 2017

Dante’s Statue in Lincoln Center

Walking to the Empire Hotel I spotted a badly-lit statue before Lincoln Center. I wandered onto the grass and was surprised to see a plaque for Dante, the legendary poet of The Inferno. The Middle Age Tuscan poet has been credited with the creation of the modern Italian language. I love his description of Satan. […]

THE BIRTH OF THE BOUFFANT by Peter Nolan Smith

Princess Pamela’s Soul Food

My friend Emily Armstrong found a photo of 1969 Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook. She wrote the following: “I was thinking smothered pork chops and remembered Princess Pamela’s Little Kitchen near my first apartment on E 10th Street. You had to shout up from the street, “Hey Pamela!”, and if she was in the mood […]

FAMOUS FOR NEVER On Kindle For $1.99

FAMOUS FOR NEVER is a semi-fictional recounting of a ne’er-do-well living in the East Village during the 1970s, Paris through the 1980s, and Asia into the 1990s. Peter Nolan Smith’s ping-ponging around the world has ricochetted him through the ranks of the famous and near-famous such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Klaus Nomi without his ever […]

Helen Levitt’s PHOTOS FROM THEN

Last summer a friend from the Rockaways was selling a camera collection. Leicas and Hasselblads. They had cost a fortune in the 70s. I offered him $500. He said no and sold them for $600. I should have upped my bid, because nothing is better than real film. Just take a look at these photos […]