Category Archives: New England

Steamers In New York

Yesterday I thought about treating myself to fried clams and bike down to Little Neck off the Gowanus Canal. I was thoroughly disappointed by their offering. Even the clam strips from the extinct HoJOs in Times Square were better than these measly clams. No bellies. Mostly Batter and fries. $22. Today I bought Steamers from […]

THE HOLE OF HEAVEN by Peter Nolan Smith

According to the Old Testament God banished Adam and Eve from Eden for eating the forbidden apple and this Original Sin exiled their descendants to this mortal coil, however humans have repeatedly defied this divine decree with attempts to recreate Heaven on Earth and in 1965 the teenagers of Boston’s South Shore made out at […]

THE UMPTEENTH COMING by Peter Nolan Smith

“This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” Those words were sung by the cast of HAIR in 1969 and millions of hippies dropped acid to touch the Aquarian sky. Nirvana was attainable via LSD and on the Fourth of July 1970 my friends John Gilmour, Tommy Jordan, Mark McLaughlin and I scored a […]

Rockport Quarries

In 1974 my college friends and I drove north from Boston to swim at the Rockport Quarries. The closest one was right off the road wrapping around Cape Ann. I led them to the highest point. A girl named Spooky was with us. She had long straight black hair and crooked teeth. I thought she […]

The Weirs Of Wychmere

Weir fishing has existed since time immemorial. In 1913 subway excavators discovered ancient wooden fishing weirs dating back 3500 years, although recent research suggests that the Back Bay site had existed almost 9,000 years ago and supported 30-50 families. The melting glaciers on the Laurentian Granite Shield changed the influx of tides and the native […]