Category Archives: friends

SOUTH OF THE POTOMAC by Peter Nolan Smith

My St. Patrick’s Day of 2011 ended at Frank’s Lounge on Fulton Street. Everyone at the bar knew my name and well they should, because I was the token white just like that Paul Benedict’s character in nearly all-black TV show THE JEFFERSONS. Audience laughed hard whenever Mr. Jefferson slammed the door in the kindly […]

A FRIEND IN THE MOVIES

My hillbilly girlfriend and I moved to the East Village in 1978. The twenty-two year-old blonde came from West Virginia and I hailed from New England. Alice was in the theater like Bill, our upstairs neighbor. I was writing poetry. One day Bill announced that he had been cast in a western called HEAVEN’S GATE. […]

A LOSS OF MEMORY by Peter Nolan Smith

The Catholic Church and other derivatives of the Judaeo-Christian faith extol monogamy as the true state of man and woman, then explain sex through the mysteries of the birds and bees. Actually my parents never lectured their children on that subject, although they said that the stork had delivered each of my new brothers or […]

Lisa Rowan In The Stars

Last month in Palm Beach my good friend Lisa Rowan passed from this world into the stars. We first met in Paris back in the 80s and remained close for the next thirty years. Our favorite story was about my taking care of a cat on Rue du Dragon and when the owner returned from […]

The Arthur Of Light

Arthur Weinstein was a master of light. His gift transformed empty space into cathedrals of color. His miracles are entrenched in my memories of Hurrah, the Jefferson, Continental, and Milk Bar. Today is his birthday and anyone who was his friend will know how to celebrate his joyous life. Long live Arthur Weinstein.