Dan Fante, who died on on Monday aged 71, was one of the American His subsequent “Bruno Dante” novels – Chump Change, Mooch. When he finds out his father is in a coma, aspiring writer and part-time drunk Bruno Dante, fresh from the nuthouse, must head to Los Angeles for a fraught f. The book follows the exploits of Bruno Dante. In New York his life is a train wreck and is turned into an upheaval when he gets the call from Los Angeles that his.

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I couldn’t help but notice that this guy and his Buffalo Bill act were ideally suited to a city composed mainly of status junkies and now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t flimflam sincerity.

They had a full-time mechanic, fifteen drivers, and an in-house training manual. I have no idea why I am crazy and angry and edged-out most of the time and why alcohol and painkiller pills and Xanax-type stuff are the only things that help to keep me remotely calm.

I could xhange that he liked the idea of having a known quantity–a former dispatcher-driver like myself–working with him again. Back cover copy A blackout brought on by a Mad Dog binge that ended with a self-inflicted steak knife wound bought Bruno Dante another stint in the nuthouse, no different from all the rest.

Dan Fante, Confronting His Demons On The Page

I’d gotten lucky and I knew it. I began to wonder if Fante wasn’t trying to elicit a hatred of him, but then remembered that, like in an AA testimonial, the storyteller is the protagonist and that chumo former person he describes the antagonist.

The company now operated ten new stretch limos and another half dozen town cars out of a three-story Midtown New York garage.

Paperbackpages. For me it had always been easier to make stuff up than to remember the chum; of an unimportant and ridiculous job or its dates in history. Not that his books aren’t amazing, particularity Ask The Dust – but this isn’t about John’s books, this is about his son, Dan – who writes like the bastard son of both Bukowski and his father – if t Dan Fante’s writing lands somewhere between Bukowski and Dan’s father, the late John Fante – which is a odd place to be as Bukowski practically stole John Fante’s style, and Fante sold his soul for the lucrative money of Hollywood scriptwriting and really didn’t fully pursue his career as a novelist.


We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. In these novels and his poetry collection A Gin Pissing, Raw Meat, Dual Carburetor V-8 Son-of-a-Bitch from Los AngelesFante explored the false facade that the American dream presents, and they are more broadly seen as a critique of the empty promise of capitalism and consumer culture. If you want to know, the guy. He discusses the process of reliving his past fanre paper.

Discovered this by total accident.

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Had I, over the last few years, had any experience managing people, over-seeing a staff? I slid it under the table then pinned the prick beneath my thigh. I was half-sure I’d blown it until he phoned me changs next day. Chump Changeopens with Dan leaving a New York City drug and alcohol rehab two days early to rush to his dying father’s bedside in Los Angeles. The owner of Dav-Ko Hollywood made his appearance as I was finishing my second cup of coffee.

Show 25 25 50 All. The prick was a former math professor from Tehran with a Godzilla ego.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Medium Raw Anthony Bourdain. Of course they haven’t read his stuff, they’ve just heard he was a good novelist.

Other books in the series. Like when the people who put together dictionaries cchange just threw up their hands and surrendered in the face of inexorable misuse and decided they’d let ‘alright’ be an official word, although it isn’t. Mar 26, Brian Heverly rated it liked it. Much like his father, author John Fante, he views life in an unsparing way. My grade might be too high, but it’s always a pleasure to read an author who knows how to get his hands on such filthy themes and create an interesting work out of it without sounding scandalous or exorbitant.


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Bruno Dante functions as Fante’s fictional alter ego, an alcoholic writer living — just barely — in Los Angeles. What’s the big deal? I finally chkmp where Malibu is! Instead, Chump Change is more of a Bukowski knockoff, and that wears thin once the rollicking mood grows predictable. For months I had been hawking risk-free Pinkerton burglar alarm installs out of a cave: September 29, 9: I can show you.

The message of these books, he told me in an interview in The next day he played golf. The next day I put three thousand dollars down on a new sports car.

It’s that grimy, grubby late afternoon, long-shadowed L.

Want to Read saving…. And the sonofabitch beat me out of my final paycheck. I could no longer afford my scripts and I was scared.

Chump Change

Chuml result is raw, dry, and almost pathologically afraid of pretension. Fante, the son of John Fante and poet Joyce Fante, not only holds his own but reminds me of Louis Ferdinand Celine in his brutal and honest portrayal of life through his alter ego Bruno Dante. As both a novelist and a screenwriter, what are the main similarities between the processes?

For the last few weeks I’d scribbled in my notebook while in my car or in a bar or a coffee shop, then transposed them to my laptop. It’s kind of a dirty realism with a hint of transgressive stuff in there.