The story of 1933 Was a Bad Year is that of a promising teenage baseball pitcher, Dominic Molise, and of his fabulous left arm of which he takes loving care rubbing it all the time with the smelly Sloan balm. Unfortunately his town, covered in snow for most part of the year Continue reading
Unanimously recognized as Fante’s greatest achievement this book tells the story of Arturo Bandini, a wannabe writer from Colorado looking for glory and inspiration on the streets of Los Angeles. Continue reading
If John Fante’s books were a medicine, the leaflet would be something like the following:
- Composition: each book contains 2 pounds of poison, an ounce of peace, a ton of anger and two of passion
- Suitability: in all cases of literary boredom, disorders of the critic system, chronic apathy, heartburn Continue reading
This interview was first published in year 2000 after Dan Fante’s Mooch came out.
Q: I’ve just finished to read your “Mooch”… seems that you’ve somewhat changed your style: less thought and more action… less John and more Dan… is this only an impression or you can confirm it?
A: Actually, in Mooch my objective was a bit different than in Chump Change. As a writer I am trying to get more “out of the way” of my writing. To be more direct. The styles of my father and myself are similar but, our objectives as writers are quite different. Continue reading