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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Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Trivia About Chump Change. Setting my resume on the table Koffman folded his arms. Jul 29, Brent Barnhart rated it really liked it. Five hundred and eleven bucks. But it’s an engaging ride. Maybe Van was about to get a sudden spell of the fly-aways because my left hand had just begun to shake–my coffee cup hand.

To view it, click here. This of course was a lie. Either a I was going to pass out or b I was going to shit in my pants. By the time his father, John Fante, was that age he had all but given up on novels and was several years deep into a Hollywood screenwriting career. Thankfully, having written the original document, the book itself is our point of reference in writing the movie.

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

Now, completely out of money, with the sun beating in through the window of my ratbox room in the Venice house I shared with my ex-girlfriend’s eighty-five-year-old uncle, hoping to counteract last night’s excessive gin and tonic with gulps of milk and spoonfuls of peanut butter, I sat at my writing desk staring at the computer keys.

Koffman was a speed-talker, an ace business guy, almost seven feet tall, and an unashamed homosexual. Less those few items this could have easily been a 70’s or 80’s era story.

Five hundred and eleven dollars. 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.


Once there, I was ordered to sit in the outer chante room for half an hour and watch as the rest of the staff came and went, picking up their paychecks. Preview — Chump Change by Dan Fante. Y decir Fante significa hablar de su padre. This short book is one of the greasiest I’ve ever read. When I decided to read this book, I told myself not to compare father and son, but that’s just not possible, especially when the works are apparently equally autobiographical.

Having read most of Dan Fante’s chmp books, I was eager to read his books. The owner of Dav-Ko Hollywood made his appearance rante I was finishing my second cup of coffee. Unlike me David Koffman was an excessive episodic drinker and not a day-to-day juicer.

My full attention was fixed on the glove compartment of my Pontiac–parked at a meter fifty feet away–where I’d left my afnte half-pint of vodka. Had I, over the last few fanre, had any experience managing people, over-seeing a staff?

Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry. I fail to see how this is such a revered book. But more critically, I’d say Chump Change is missing the humane universality, that radiant, force-of-life quality that made Arturo Bandini a maddening but relatable hero: Many of Fante’s novels focus on Bruno’s misadventures as he struggles with his talent and his temptations.

Dan Fante came to writing late after suffering alcoholism for years. I’m glad I kept reading though. I had stabbed myself in the stomach in a blackout.

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Creativity Dr Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It was uncalled for and off-the-cuff, completely out of context and inappropriate to our discussion. When I woke up I found blood covering my bedsheets and a steak knife on ffante floor.

The longer we stayed on the phone the closer I was to being offered a job.

Dan Fante, Confronting His Demons On The Page

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 ffante if that makes any sense?


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. John Fante wrote during the 30s, so its natural that this book is more profane, taking place in LA in the 80s I’d go so far as to say this is a kind of sequel to Brotherhood of the Grape.

Fante’s style is gritty, hard-hitting but poignant. Mar 18, AutomaticSlim rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 22, Brian rated it it was ok. Perhaps unsurprisingly for fabte descendent of Italian immigrants, Fante had a strong European sensibility.

Anyway, I’m not a big Irish setter fan. If Koffman required a document that showed management in addition to straight chauffeuring, no problem, I was ready. Like when the people who put together dictionaries finally 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.

Dan Fante: underground writer expressed madness of the US workplace

He once worked 30 different jobs in a six month chhange. Bruno Dante is an unsuccessful writer living in the shadows of his dying father’s career Johnathan Dante, afnte author and successful Hollywood screenwritter. You wrote from your guts and balls like they did but you used your own words. Bruno Dante–Bruno Dante–to Kassim’s office. The company now operated ten new stretch limos and another half dozen town cars out of a three-story Midtown New York garage.