Category Archives: 80s

BETTER LUCKY THAN GOOD by Peter Nolan Smith

A greasy nor-easter ruined Columbus Day weekend for New York. I shut my windows for the first time in months and dressed to leave my apartment for breakfast at the Veselka Diner on 2nd Avenue. The shoes and jacket seemed unnaturally heavy after a season of shorts and sandals. Luckily Global Warming guaranteed that New […]

Hiding Behind Fats

Back in the 80s I worked the door at the Bains-Douches in Paris. The owner suggested hiring new blood for security. My first choice was Big Jacques. Jacques Negrit was a tall, handsome and good-natured voyo from the slums of the peripherique. His gang was called Les Bufalos. Jacques was just out of prison. I […]

MAUVAIS MECS by Peter Nolan Smith

That year winter had been mild in Paris. Farther to the North there was snow and I was glad to have been detoured from Berlin to Paris by an urgent phone call. Vonelli was in trouble. When I got off the train in Gare Du Nord, no one waiting at the station, which was a […]

TRANNY TRICK OR TREAT by Peter Nolan Smith

My friend Richard is teaching school in Saudi Arabia. He says it sucks, but he’s coining good money. He asked if I want to join him. If all else fails, “Why not?” Saudi Arabia is closer to Thailand than New York. He sent an old joke yesterday. A man is in bed with his Thai […]

LOST BY THE EIGHT BALL by Peter Nolan Smith

None of the cops from the 9th Precinct were happy about the closing of the basement bar next to their station house in the summer of 1980. Even fewer were excited by its re-opening as a French bistro. Evelyn’s Bistro was another sign that the East Village was giving way to a new crowd. Not […]