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 →
One night I was sitting on the bed in my hotel room on Bunker Hill, down in the very middle of Los Angeles. It was an important night in my life, because I had to make a decision about the hotel. Either I paid up or I got out: that was what the note said, the note the landlady had put under my door. A great problem, deserving acute attention. I solved it by turning out the lights and going to bed. (opening sentence of Ask the Dust, 1939) Continue reading →