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Halloween has been celebrated on Oct. 31 for most of my entire life, but two year a Connecticut State representative floated an ill-conceived idea to re-schedule the holiday to fall on a weekend. “Halloween is fun night for the whole family, but not so much when you have to race home from work, get the […]

Vagabonding In The City

My disaster stint in Alaska cost my apartment in Fort Greene. Too many hours. Too little money. How little? $100 for a thirteen hour day. I wasn’t cut out for selling silver trinkets to geriatric cruise line passengers. May was not the month to make sales in Juneau. Six days a week. I lasted a […]

Near-Lethal Farts

Passing gas has been a great source of humor since Adam’s first fart aka the undivine wind. Throughout history comedians have eked jokes from this human frailty. My best i.e. worst fart was at the Ritz in New York City. Public Image was on stage. I had eaten a bad oyster and my intestines gurgled […]

9/11 Fly Over Fake

I slept late on September 11, 2001. I heard a jet fly low overhead and then a strange muffled sound, which I attributed to the construction crane on East 10th Street, since it had crashed the week earlier. I was wrong. The sound came from a passenger jet striking the north tower of the World […]

A DAY FAR FROM NORMAL by Peter Nolan Smith

That morning a jet roared above the East Village. I opened my eyes. Lots of planes and helicopters flew over Manhattan. None of them ever this low or fast or loud. Thirty seconds later my apartment windows shook with a muffled thud that sounded more a boom than a crash. The children in the alley […]