Category Archives: Travel

SEA LEGS by Peter Nolan Smith

Spice dominated the trade between Asia and Europe for centuries and the oriental lore of processing roots, seeds, and bark into food enhancers inspired western travelers to seek various detours around the Arab middlemen profiting from the lucrative East-West trade route. Adventurous voyagers stood to reap fortunes from their success. Failures were many. In 1493 […]

ROADS OF THE FLYOVER by Peter Nolan Smith

The old crew met at Miguel Abreau’s Gallery on Orchard Street to honor Brock Dundee’s documentary about Afghanistan that he had filmed for the UK MoD. The Scot had flown in helicopters to battle sites and crossed the mountains on foot with the assassins of the SAS. At dinner Dannatt joked that his old friend […]

ROADS OF THE FLYOVER Chapter 1 by Peter Nolan Smith

The Old crew met at Miguel Abreau’s Gallery on Orchard Street to honor Brock Dundee’s documentary about Afghanistan that he had filmed for the UK MoD. The Scot had flown in helicopters to battle sites and crossed the mountains on foot with the assassins of the SAS. At dinner Dannatt joked that his old friend […]

Ventemilla

The 2009 Cannes Film Festival concluded with Austrian director Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” winning the Palme d”Or for yet-another movie about the Nazis. Ten years earlier my old girlfriend Candida Romero asked, “When will that war be over?” Possibly never. ANTICHRIST had been also recognized by the Ecumenical Council as the ‘anti-film’. It was booed […]

GOING SOUTH

Several years ago I watched Charlotte Rampling on the BBC. The actress had been a fantasy of mine after seeing THE NIGHT PORTER and the 60-year-old was promoting her new film by Laurent Cantent’s HEADING SOUTH. This movie featured a rare examination of sex, lust, and lust set in Haiti of the 1970s and Charlotte […]