Category Archives: holiday

2015 Amok

Last New Year’s Eve I stayed off the streets of New York. Many people call the celebration ‘amateurs’ night and Joel Goodman’s photograph of Manchester’s last night of 2015 holiday showed the veracity of that comment in spades. Drunks everywhere. The coppers battling drunks. Drunks strewn across the street. Ah, 2016 NYE I barely knew […]

JUST ANOTHER NIGHT by Peter Nolan Smith

Last night was New Year’s Eve. My redheaded poetess friend Irene phoned to invite me to a 20-something party in Bushwick. “You’ll be the oldest man there.” Irene was going solo. “Almost three times older.” We were just friends. “I think of you as 16.” She had witnessed my silliness on more than one occasion. […]

New Year’s Resolutions 2015

Every January 1st millions of Americans vow to better their lives and the world. The Top Ten New Year’s resolutions rarely differ from year to year, since few people ever realize these impossible resolutions. Last year I made no resolutions.

BOXING DAY ON THE BOWERY by Peter Nolan Smith

Every Christmas my mother cooked a 20-pound turkey, I mashed seasoned potatoes, and my sisters set the dining room table with yams, creamed onions, turnips, peas, stuffing, and all the fixings for my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmothers, friends, cousins, sisters, and brothers. Grace was said with bowed heads. Our plates were swept by forks and […]

THE SEASON FOR GIVING by Peter Nolan Smith

Early on the morning of December 24, 1985 Vonelli, Lizzie and I boarded a train at Gard Du Nord. As we walked down the platform, our breath hung in the air. The winter damp had a good hold on Paris. Lizzie exhaled a thick cloud of smoke. The singer loved her Gaulloises. “So we go […]