Category Archives: 90s

SCHNORER / BET ON CRAZY by Peter Nolan Smith

On a late October afternoon in 1994 I hurried from the subway to the diamond exchange on 47th Street. A cold drizzle dampened the sidewalk. My leather jacket fought off the cold and my boots prevented the wet from touching my feet. It was 9:25 and I would have arrived to work on time, except […]

BIG FOOT by Peter Nolan Smith

In 1977 I moved out of my SRO room in Greenwich Village to the East Village with my hillbilly girlfriend. The third-floor walk-up on East 10th Street had a bathtub in the kitchen and a water closet off the living room. I carved Alice’s name on the wooden window sill. We lasted until 1979. The […]

THE REACH OF JOCKO by Peter Nolan Smith

Four years ago Michael Jackson was found dead in the bed of a rented mansion in LA. Millions of Jocko’s fans around the globe deposited flowers before US embassies and consulates to mourn the superstar’s passing. I was in Thailand. I saw a Thai cop cry. My younger friends in New York reported that on […]

DEEP MUD FROM DANAU POSO By Peter Nolan Smith

Indonesians travel by ships, boats, and ferries between the many islands of the Far East archipelago. In 1991 I had been diving off Bunaken Island and after two weeks of drifting along the reefs I boarded midsize Pelni liner at Manado with a second-class ticket. I was headed around the top of Sulawesi to Palu […]

Lhasa-Nepal 1995

I spent September-October 1995 in Tibet. I traveled around Lhasa visiting various monasteries. I prayed at each one for my baby brother’s departed soul. Michael had died of AIDS that summer. I especially liked the Jokhang. There was no place holier on Earth. Michael would have liked it. He was spiritual in many ways. No […]