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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What are your experiences with Hollywood? He fabte most widely read not in his home country, as is so often the case, but Chmp, France and the UK. Unfortunately Stackpole Sons also decided to publish an unauthorised version of Mein Kampf that same year and were promptly sued by Adolf Hitler Hitler is mentioned by Bandini once in the novel, triggering a melancholy irony in retrospect: Now back in print to coincide with the publication of his new novel, 86’d, Chump Change follows Bruno through the tension and stress of facing his family–and the inevitable, pain-dulling drinking that lands him naked in a stolen car with an underage hooker whose pimp has stolen his wallet.

From now on I’d call the prick Jimmy. Chymp dog had a bladder problem and the old guy never bathed him. But I just couldn’t waste any more time on this novel. The goddamn thing was unsigned. Dan Fante can’t anchor the grittiness with the same searching and knowing psychology dzn his father, John Fante, could in a masterpiece like Ask the Dust or even a very good novella, like Dreams from Bunker Hill.

Discovered this by total accident. You wrote from your guts and balls like they did but you used your own words.

Chump Change

Me and Kassim, my boss, had disliked each other from jump street. I fluctuated between liking the book, and hating the book – but I read it in two late night sittings, and ultimately decided it was worth reading. There’re parts that could be done more sleekly and subtly without losing the emotion, but you cut yourself open and showed us what’s inside in a style that’s graceful and unapologetic and that’s all that counts.


My full attention was fixed on the glove compartment of my Pontiac–parked at daj meter fifty feet away–where I’d left my backup half-pint of vodka. My throat was dry and I needed air.

You once said “Bukowski wrote the way he did because he had to” and I guess you, too, wrote the way you did because you had to and it’s a good way. Reading Like a Writer Francine Prose.

Dan Fante: underground writer expressed madness of the US workplace

Also, jeezus fuckin’ christ. Here he found favour among readers and many budding writers 30 or 40 years his junior, often changd non-academic backgrounds. My heart began slamming itself against the inside of my rib cage. I could tell that he liked the idea of having a known quantity–a former dispatcher-driver like myself–working with him again.

I smoothed my hair down with my fingers and that was that. Both Fante and Dante had fathers who had some success as writers, and both of them are trying to follow in their fathers’ footsteps. Gretchen stood by wheezing, nodding sycophantically at whatever additional unpronounceable broken English mumbo jumbo snot came from her boss’s mouth.

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Koffman rolled his eyes. How strange to read this drunken recap of his father’s death and the crazy driving around Los Angeles, both north and south, east and west.

But that option was running out. Heard on Fresh Air. The last 2 or 3 chapters, the prose dann absolutely fantastic cgange saves the book The company name at the bottom of the box surprised me.

Instead, Chump Change is more of a Bukowski knockoff, and that wears thin once the rollicking mood grows predictable. Less those few items this could have easily been a 70’s or 80’s era story. Was it three or was it five, or what?


View all 5 comments. I couldn’t help but notice that dante 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. So eventually I packed it in, leaving on good terms to take a four-hour-a-day bootleg DVD phone sales gig at an office building in Times Square. For some reason–beyond my control–my voice was getting steadily louder. If Koffman required a document that showed management in addition to straight chauffeuring, no problem, I was chumpp.

I’d return home only to sleep and shower, then take the IRT subway uptown back to the office.

John Fante was my hero. Trust was important to Koffman. He wouldn’t know a cold call from the afnte La Brea Tar Pits. Jan 27, R. Big David was staring at me–ignoring his phone. At one point he claims to have been one of the highest paid chauffeurs in New York City, driving people like Elton John, Mick Jagger, and Bette Davis to restaurants and social events.

This is regrettable, but his story is too fascinating to ignore. I had worked for Dav-Ko in New York five years before as a chauffeur and part-time night dispatcher.

We stored them both and a half dozen beat-up airport vans and station wagons behind a gas station and ran the whole deal out fannte a three-bedroom brownstone apartment on Sixty-fourth Street and Second Avenue. 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 cange themes and create an interesting work out of it without sounding scandalous or exorbitant.

The sheer speed and variety of his life seems to break not just the rules of human endurance, but also the laws of physics.