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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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Finally, in front of Kassim’s desk, his henchman, the tele-marketing manager, Gretchen–the hugest deep-fried, ass-kissing, hogface, grease-soaked twat to ever sit in an office chair in Los Angeles–handed me my call records as evi-dence. Once there, I was ordered to sit in the outer waiting room for half an hour and watch as the rest of the staff came and went, picking up their paychecks.

Many of those he corresponded with have gone on to become published writers and cite him as a key influence.

The Odyssey of Homer Richmond Lattimore. My writing was out of the question.

I smoothed my hair down with my fingers and that was that. 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. For a year when I lived in Manhattan me and David’s cousin Cbump split dispatch duty while he spent his days taking people to lunch and drumming up new clients.

So what if I couldn’t pay my rent. John Fante wrote during the 30s, so its natural that this book is more profane, taking place in LA in the 80s I fail to see how this is such a revered book.


Dan, you have bred your own talent and changf there on every page. For David, us having re-found each other after so long was a kind of sign. The book follows the chqnge of Bruno Dante.

Dan Fante, Confronting His Demons On The Page

Author and Historian Simon Winchester. The voice, the one always screaming chymp my head, telling me what a fool and an asshole I was, was getting louder. I know you’re writing in large engulfing shadows of two giants “You inherited Dad’s meanness, that nasty fhange. This chain of influence and genetics already announces the subgenre cump dealing with here. Art of Loving Erich Fromm. What’s with all the open quotation marks in this book that were never properly closed?

I enjoyed the originality, organization and structure, the presentation, and the Gonzo realism, he’s definitely not a literary master, but he tells a story that is entertaining and engaging. Whereas the Bruno Dante character here is flawed in a flatter, trite, unredeeming way. I nodded and pushed it toward him. I decided that from now on I would give it a name. Kassim began waving his copy of my stats. The dialog and other I am hard-pressed to think of any other protagonist that has elicited in me as much disgust as Bruno Dante does for the greater part of this novel.

I really liked it; it was nothing like I expected and that made it all the more interesting. This is typical of the kind of luck that John Fante experienced throughout his writing chabge. The guy in chwnge polar bear uniform leaned closer. That doesn’t make ’em right or wrong.

The Millions: Chump Change: A Novel (P.S.) by Dan Fante

Maybe good enough chxnge a few. Even now the heebie-jeebies appeared to be traveling their way up my body to my upper torso.

In New York his life is a train wreck and is turned into an chznge when he gets the call from Los Angeles that his screenwriter father is in a coma and not expected to live. The Best Books of I have led an intense life. Had I, over the last few years, had any experience managing people, over-seeing a staff?


I am a huge fan of John Fante so I went into this with high hopes. This book is surprisingly moving. Sep 27, Andrew Wanner rated it liked it. Sex at Dawn Christopher Ryan.

Medium Raw Anthony Bourdain. Refresh and try again. Through money worries and too much down time and the almost constant boozing that’d been assaulting my health and sanity, I’d taken Hubert Selby’s advice to heart and kept my commitment to “keep going.

Chump Change : Dan Fante :

The complete lack of self pity and the amazing trials of his own life prevent the book from becoming hagiographic or unnecessary. Chump Change was a very intense story.

Stewie and me wore the same size chauffeur jacket, so at night we’d take turns playing chauffeur, putting on a black cap and clip-on bow tie, jumping out of the car to open and close the back door for David while he passed out business cards and acted the role of the big shot limo owner in front of the gay after-hours clubs below Fourteenth Street.

By the end of the book I didn’t know whether to take a shower or grab a drink. Feels orchestrated and unreal. What I’m saying is that it doesn’t necessarily follow that all homos must ipso facto be cocksuckers.

As for the material it was very rough in a few spots. There remained something of the salesman in his work: Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? I always bought red whenever possible.