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.

Cross Country 1996

In the late summer of 1996 I left Bali for America. My good friend Slim met me at LAX in her Studebaker Lark. On the way to Hollywood the native Californian told me that she had fallen in love with an artist in New York.” “That’s good news, except it’s 3000 miles from here.” “I […]

SNOW DAY by Peter Nolan Smith

This morning I woke up to a heavy snow falling fast on the Fort Greene Observatory and I asked the head curator AP, if he was sending his two young children to school. “Of course I am.” AP worked from home and his kids like all kids were attention-seekers. “So no snow day?” The blizzard […]

LSD Surreal

My father and mother took their children to view Pablo Picasso paintings during the 60s. He inspected one drawing and said that I was as skilled as the Spaniard, since my grammar school war paintings had won honorary mention at the diocesan art show in 1964. Picasso at that age was studying figure drawing and […]

The Genius Of Picasso

Some artists are good at everything.

Pablo Was No Asshole

Pablo Picasso’s career spanned decades, highlighted by GUERNICA depicting the fascist bombing of the Basque city. I saw the anti-war painting once. Maybe at the Modern Art Museum in New York. His ‘blue’ period painting were easier to hang on a wall than his Goya knock-off, but I’d love an Picasso, for the only valuable […]