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Reviving the dead! [24 Aug 2008|09:29pm]

Nobody's posted here in a few years, but I just thought I'd pop in to say that I just got a job the same library that was mentioned in the last entry.
So there really will be pictures of me holding those books in the near future! Or maybe just the books.
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John Fante Articles from 1936 [18 Aug 2006|02:42pm]

While I was in California this summer, I made a quick stop by in Roseville, which is just outside Sacramento. Roseville is a town where Fante lived with his family for some time in the 30s.

While he was there, he wrote 6 articles for the Roseville Tribune and Register, from September 11, 1936 to October 7, 1936. Anyway, I visited the library while I was there and brought back with me copies of the six articles. So here they are:


So there we go. Outside of Bravo, Burro and his screenplays, I'm pretty sure I've read everything John Fante now. At least, everything semi-regularly available.

At some point in the near future, I'll have pictures of me holding an original copy of Ask the Dust, because the library had copies of that, Dago Red, and Wait Until Spring, Bandini, all signed by Fante himself.

The terrible part was that the pages that were signed were all torn up, presumably because the library had stuck some sort of ID sticker in the front and then torn it out... I almost cried seeing that. It hurt me almost physically.

Anyway, there's the articles, enjoy them.
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[15 Apr 2006|03:29am]

just got back from a great few days bookshopping in san francisco...saw plenty of fante....although mostly the craptastic ecco press editions....i bought 2 used (good condition) copies of the black sparrow wait until spring, bandini....

here is a fante question...of course i could probably find out by just rereading the novels but i think this is a decent question...

is "full of life" part of the saga of arturo bandini?..

here is why i ask...the ecco edition of dreams from bunker hill list it as part of the saga (as fourth out of four).....but..the ecco edition of the road to los angeles does not list it as part of the saga...it lists it beneath.....

also...my black sparrow 1991 copy of the wine of youth also does not

also...my black sparrow 1989 copy of wait until spring, bandini does not

also, my black sparrow 1996 copy of the brotherhood of the grape does not

also, my black sparrow 1995 copy of 1933 was a bad year does not

also, my back sparrow 1989 copy of full of life does not

also, my black sparrow 1991 copy of the selected letters does not

also, my black sparrow 1989 copy of the fante/mencken letters does not

also, my black sparrow 2000 copy of the big hunger does not

also, my black sparrow 1993 copy of ask the dust does not

however, my black sparow 1983 edition of wait until spring, bandini does...but it lists it second from last, after ask the dust and before dreams from bunker hill....

i am sure i can google it and find out but i am bringing it up here to see if anyone knows here...




in wait until spring, bandini...it starts with his father, svevo and the son arturo...who was 14...

in the road to los angeles his father was already dead and it was just a while after high school, his sister was 16...and he was arturo bandini

in ask the dust he was living on his own in la and he was bandini..he was drinking in bars so i am assuming he was at least 20

in dreams from bunker hill he is 21 and his character name is arturo bandini..and remember..this novel was the one he was writing while he was going blind and had to finish it by dictating it to his wife..he died the year after it was published in 82, died in 83

in full of life joyce was pregnant and he had done three books and his character name is john fante and his father was alive and helping him fix up his house...

sooooooo...i am thinking that full of life could be an extension of bunker hill but since the names are different i dunno..even though fante did not use the bandini pseudonym to try and pretend it was not him, on the contrary his work is highly autobiographical......
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[09 Apr 2006|01:11pm]

have pulled fante off my shelves again...and again fallen for him...nothing beats a weekend in bed with arturo bandini....

what has gotten my goat beyond black sparrow shutting down and ecco press picking up the fante ... the more recent editions of ecco press' fante stuff..the covers are slick reproductions of the originals ..like they just xeroxed it...ewww...at least the first printings or so from ecco had the textured covers like the black sparrow ones did...

so anytime i am in a used bookstore...and i see a black sparrow fante i usually snatch it up....especially the fante/mencken letters and the other fante letters book...
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[05 Apr 2006|05:50pm]

Hi everybody, my name is Dana and I'm new to this community... I started reading Fante last year and I've already read almost everyone of his works.

"My advice to all young writers is quite simple. I would caution them never to evade a new experience. I would urge them to live life in the raw, to grapple with it bravely, to attack it with naked fists" (Arturo Bandini)

I posted the review of the movie "Ask the dust" on my livejournal: http://the-road-to-l-a.livejournal.com/
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Tarnishing the Genius [20 Mar 2006|02:05am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

What does it take to tarnish one's genius?

While reading Stephen Cooper's biography of John Fante (Full of Life), I brought this question up many times.

I had already intuited that Fante's father, Nick, was (to say the absolute least) not the best father in the world. And from a couple of interviews with John's son Dan, it seemed that Fante wasn't always the best of fathers (or husbands) either, but some of the revelations Cooper made in his book were... Well, astounding.

Mainly the case of drowning the litter of kittens while the neighborhood children looked on. That was most disturbing to me.

At the same time, though... The rest of Cooper's bio made me love Fante's work all the more. Despite his emotional hang ups and emotional abuse of his wife and children... The man's life is truly fascinating. And disappointing too.

I find it difficult to NOT like the guy... Partially because Cooper himself is such a big fan of Fante (and it shows through greatly in his biography), but mostly because I too am such a big fan of Fante's work.

So my question is: when, if at all, does an artist's personal life begin to affect your viewpoint of his or her writing?

For me, despite all the revelations in Cooper's biography, I can't look at Fante that much differently than I did before. Similarly, I'll still love Hamsun despite his Nazi support, I'll still love TS Eliot despite anti-semetic overtones in some of his works, and I'll still love Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera despite their Stalinist support... Hell, I'll still enjoy PJ O'Rourke even though he's a right winger!

I suppose that more often than not, if I really enjoy a person's creations... I can seperate their personal and professional lives, assuming they don't get so overtly merged together.

Sooo anyhow... Has Fante's biography ever caused you to question his fiction?

And while I'm at it, what's the availability on these two works (perhaps with a bit of description, if possible):

Prologue to Ask the Dust (I assume this Black Sparrow Press release is different from what is in The Big Hunger)
Bravo, Burro (Fiction piece that I hadn't heard of until Cooper's bio)

Thanks and I hope this generates some good discussion!

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Ask the Dust [14 Mar 2006|02:33pm]

[ mood | irritable ]

I posted a review of the film Ask the Dust over at my blog Mere Words. Enjoy. 

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Fante Articles from the LA Times [27 Feb 2006|02:05pm]

[ mood | geeky ]

I was searching around for a Ben Pleasants article today and also stumbled upon these three shorter pieces by John Fante for the LA Times. I figured people would be interested in seeing these. If you haven't seen them, spread them. These are precious gems from the pen of Fante and easily worth the $8 and change I paid for 'em.

And if you've seen 'em already, have them, and love them... You shoulda let me know before I bought 'em!


Seriously though, here they are:

Goodbye Bunker Hill
Smog Defended
A Space Ship Off Malibu

As a bonus, here's the Ben Pleasants piece that I was searching for too:

Stories of Irony From the Hand of John Fante

PDF files, gotta have Adobe (and why wouldn't you already in this day and age, honestly?), and they total to about half a MB, so no big downloads. Hurrah!

So go crazy nuts and enjoy. If you like what you see, pass it on. And if anyone has those pieces that he did for the Colorado paper (I think it was anyhow...) let me know!

Oh and if those links don't work, you can always email me at onehitwonder13 at hotmail dot com and I'll be glad to pass them along to you.

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Introduction and a couple brief questions. [08 Nov 2005|01:14am]

Hello, my name is James. I've been reading Fante for about 4 years now and I can't think of any author I enjoy more. I've written an essay on Ask the Dust and hope to continue to build a scholarly stockpile of Fante and his works.

With that out of the way, Amazon.com has an interesting up coming release for John Fante on February 1, 2006, here.

And that link looks too long, so I'll post it again below (and I apologize if this stretches the page to kingdom come...


Anyway... Ask the Dust Tie-In? This kinda... Concerns me. I would hate to see my favorite novel ruined by some sort of modern day tie in by some hack author... So what is this exactly?

Also, while I'm at it... How is Catherine Kordich's book on Fante? And in the same vein, how available is it? Amazon seems to think it somewhat hard to find and I can't say as I remember seeing it on bookshelves either in the big boys or the independents... So... get back to me on that.

And hey... good to see a Fante group here, too bad it isn't more... active.
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[08 Nov 2004|04:52pm]

I just found this Dan Fante article/interview on the Guardian website so i thought i'd post the link http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/story/0,,595741,00.html
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[26 Oct 2004|09:32pm]

Any one else noticed that around the beggining of wait until spring bandini, John writes, "They were all in Bed Arturo Twelve......." then 2 pages later he writes "He was Arturo, and he was fourteen"?
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[20 Oct 2004|07:58pm]

Hello i'm new to the Fante community, i used to run the old one, then i went mad, and i went away, so hello.
i like that short story 'My Mothers Goofy Song' it ends;

she meant me, she meant i didn't do it, which is nuts because i did do it. And if she wants proof she can go down to the jailhouse and see mine and dibbers names cut in the wall.
Dibber cut his "Kansas city Lannon"
I cut mine: Two Gun Toscanathe Death Kid.
I like mine best.

Any of you english people got this cold its going around isn't it.
Oh and have any of you read the selected letters, i rread the first few pages on amazon, and they are almost too private to read, the way he speaks to his mum is amazing.
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[12 Sep 2004|05:18pm]
i start reading fante a few months ago. i really love his books and i read 'ask the dust' again and again.

oh and, hello nice to meet you all, i'm anne & i'm german.
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