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It was the successful young novelist Fante who most inspired and impressed the aspiring writer Henry Charles Bukowski, though the two never met until both were senior citizens. Fante made such an impression on the young Bukowski as a writer of uncommon originality that in the introduction to its reprint, Bukowski compared coming upon his first copy of Fante’s Ask The Dust in the L.A. City Library to “finding gold in the city dump.” Shortly after the first publication of that book in 1939, Fante vanished into the netherworld of Hollywood screenwriters and as a result remained unrecognized as a creative talent in his own right until Bukowski’s resucitation of his name in the late seventies, which inspired Black Sparrow Press to reprint Fante classics like Wait Until Spring, Bandini and Ask The Dust, publish new ones, like Dreams From Bunker Hill and The Brotherhood of the Grape, and finally bring The Road to Los Angeles to print.
Bukowski’s Factotum features a protagonist who moves through a series of unsatisfactory jobs in a casual hurry, motivated only by the need to survive economically, but lacking completely the clockwise desire to settle into a “career” of any kind. Henry Chinaski is possessed of a natural resistance to drudgery and an equally organic affinity for enjoyment, which in his case means drinking and solitude, two very unpopular bents. Hapless resident of a world ill-suited to his accommodation, he works at a number of jobs, but never quite fits in. Fante’s Road to Los Angeles, written in 1939, relates the comic misadventures of Arturo Bandini as he fouls his way through a series of jobs unsuited to his character as an unrecognized genius. Despite this book’s similarity to Factotum, Bukowski never saw it. The Road to Los Angeles was brought into print by Black Sparrow Books in 1993, after John’s son Dan received a tip from an Italian medium.
This reporter’s column at the Examiner barely pays, only a penny a hit, and feels more like a habit than any sort of money making venture. But lately I’m branching out in every creative direction that comes natural to me, consequently investigating the salability of each and maximizing my own earning potential as a creative being in fate. The latest effort, besides promotion via my blog, is a series of release parties for this reporter’s published work in Denver throughout the summer, two down so far, also a series of review swaps with other published authors of his acquaintance4s, including Pepperland author Barry Wightman (review coming soon).