Category Archives: america

October 13, 1492

FROM THE DIARY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 1492 As soon as it dawned, many of these people came to the beach—all young, as I have said, and all of good stature—very handsome people, with their hair not curly but straight and coarse, like horsehair; and all of them very wide in-the forehead and […]

UPPER THERE by Peter Nolan Smith

In August of 1987 friends in Michigan extended invitations to visit them in Onekema and the Upper Peninsula. Paulie, Gregg, and I celebrated our departure at the Milk Bar in Lower Manhattan. “Why are you going to Michigan for vacation?” Scottie the owner was a New Yorker. The rest of the country was a blank […]

BEAR MEAT by Peter Nolan Smith

In August of 1987 Pullie Fallen, Grieg Packer, and I left New York City for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The art professor, literary agent, and I took turns driving Pullie’s F-150 pickup truck through the sweltering heat of the Midwest. None of us broke the speed limit, since Pullie had two unlicensed guns under his seat. […]

RETURN TO NORMAL by Peter Nolan Smith

Two weeks after the collapse of the Trade Towers the wind shifted from the west and a southern breeze directed the funereal plume of smoke into Lower Manhattan. The poisonous fumes smelled of BBQ. Human flesh ablaze. I caught a train north to Boston. My sister put me up in her basement. I watched the […]

Fall Kick-Off

Millions of Americans are fighting their way home through the Labor Day Traffic. Jam factors are hovering around 7 with the threat to max out at 8, however everyone should reach their destination by the evening. I wish that I could say the same, because I’m sitting in a Myrtle Avenue apartment thousands of miles […]