Author Archives: Peter

Open City declared Peter Nolan Smith an underground punk legend of the 1970s East Village. The New England native spent many years as a nightclub doorman in New York, Paris, London, and Hamburg. The constant traveler has lived for long periods of time in Europe and the Far East. After a forced retirement from the Schmatta trade in Thailand, Peter Nolan Smith returned to New York to work in the international diamond trade. At summer’s end he resumed the life of a writer. The world’s leading leisureologist is currently based in Sri Racha, Thailand, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and Luxembourg City. He has no address.

51 Years Later

Today no one in New York mentioned JFK’s bad day in Dallas. Neither the BBC, New York Times, nor Al-Jazeera wrote a single line about the November 22, 1963 tragedy, proving the old adage that as you get old you forget and as you get older you are forgotten. 51 years might be a long […]

THE BIRTH OF THE BOUFFANT by Peter Nolan Smith

Who Killed the Kennedys?

The night Barack Obama was elected president, people danced in the streets of New York. Our man had won against the GOP. I looked into the eyes of a man my age and we started crying, not out of joy, but in relief of having endured the lost years since November 22 1963. Obama was […]

$1.19 Steak At Tad’s

I ate my first steak at Tad’s. 1964. Someplace near Penn Station $1.19 I made five times that as a newspaper boy. We were not wage slaves in the age of Tad’s Steakhouse.

Stranger Stranger

Family. Sigh. Maybe I remember the better moments of life. I don’t think so. Then again I am far from a perfect person. As anyone can judge from this missive from my cousin. “I think of you all every day, unfavorably and with sorrow. It is, I suppose, kind of you to contact me but, […]