Category Archives: 90s

THE TASTE OF PIG by Peter Nolan Smith

My great-grandaunt Bert circumnavigated the world on her father’s clipper ship in the 1870s. National Geographic wrote a story about her childhood travels and at the age of 101 she told me about the black-toothed betel-nut chewers of Indonesia. My grand-aunt Marion brought a statue of a bare-breasted Legong dancer from Bali and Uncle Dave […]

ERIN GO BALI by Peter Nolan Smith

My first trip to Bali was in 1990. Kuta Beach was most tourist’s destination for sea, sun, and fun. Being a pseudo-intellectual I opted for Ubud, an idyllic village of Legong dancers, ornate temples, and quiet evenings, where I rented a small house overlooking an idyllic stream. My house servant made me breakfast in the […]

VOW OF SILENCE by Peter Nolan Smith

Almost everyone in the world has a phone. Cellular service can connect my phone in New York with Antarctica or Greenland. I can call Fenway’s mom in Thailand and Mam will pick up on the other end. Every minute millions of cellular calls and SMS messages crisscross the globe searching millions of destinations. We are […]

ROUGH ROAD by Peter Nolan Smith

Peru sucked in 1995. The country was under siege. The War of Drugs had replaced the War against the Shining Path. The capitol city Lima was cool, but I had unsuccessfully spent the better part of two days trying to score a bag of cocaine. The airport police fingered me as a user and an […]

VICTORY AT ALL COSTS by Peter Nolan Smith

In November of 2010 the GOP and its Tea Party constituents swept the Democrats from the House of Representatives in the biggest shift of power of the 21st Century and this morning I was greeted at work by the security guard, Andy, who boasted, “We had a revolution last night.” “At least it was non-violent,” […]