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THE END OF YOUTH by Peter Nolan Smith

Subletting your apartment is tricky in New York. The supers are snitches for the landlords, so subleasees have to live with utter discretion in your flat. Swedes are the best, since they are respectful of property unlike Americans. In the early 80s I moved to Paris. Actuel Magazine offered me a job at their nightclub. […]

WHEN FAT MEN FLY by Peter Nolan Smith / Chapter 5

The next five days passed with increasing slowness, especially at work. I arrived on time in the morning and punched out at 5pm every night. My father and I met my mother for dinner at Joe Tecchi?s in the North End on Wednesday evening. We talked politics. Both had voted for Nixon. They were pro-war. […]

FAMOUS FOR NEVER by Peter Nolan Smith

New York City teetered toward the edge of bankruptcy during America’s economic stagnation of the mid-70s. The Daily News splashed the headline FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD, after the president refused to bailout New York. The mayor was forced to slash every department’s budget to the bone and the city collapsed into a ruin rivaling […]

VOW OF SILENCE by Peter Nolan Smith

Almost everyone in the world has a phone. Cellular service can connect New York with Antarctica or Greenland. I can call Fenway’s mom and Mam will pick up on the other end in Thailand. Every minute millions of cellular calls and SMS messages crisscross the globe searching billions of destinations. We are so close, yet […]

HUNG by Peter Nolan Smith

The Village in New York had always attracted a kaleidoscope of radical, deviant, and perverse characters considered abhorrent by mainstream America. The Reds of the 40s gave way to the beatniks of the 50s, who in turn evolved into the hippies of the 60s before surrendering the shattered counterculture ghetto to the junkies, artists, punks […]