Dan’s biography at Fantastic Fiction tells us he’s been around the block a few times……
Dan Fante was born and raised in Los Angeles. At twenty, he quit school and hit the road, eventually ending up as a New York City resident for twelve years. Fante has worked at dozens of crummy jobs including: door to door salesman, taxi driver, window washer, telemarketer, private investigator, night hotel manager, chauffeur, mailroom clerk, deck hand, dishwasher, carnival barker, envelope stuffer, dating service ounsellor, furniture salesman, and parking attendant. Fante is married and has a two year old son named Michaelangelo Giovanni Fante. He hopes eventually to learn to play the harmonica.
He has a series of 4 books with his protagonist Bruno Dante – Mooch and Spitting are the second and third in the series. Chump Change and 86’d open and close the series. His most recent novel was Point Doom in 2013, which I have but haven’t yet read (unsurprisingly) and there a biography of his father, enigmatically titled Fante which looks interesting, but I may have to pass on it.
I did read his short story collection – Corksucker (Short Dog in the US) a few years ago. Review here.
Dan Fante has a website here.
Bruno Dante is trying to straighten out selling printer supplies for a company ruled by a straight, militaristic disciplinarian. Unfortunately for Bruno, a former gangbanger, lap-dancer and crackhead called Jimmi turns up and soon he's back in free fall.
Bruno Dante - aspirant playwright and long-time drunk - has hitch-hiked cross country, escaping the sunshine of LA, for the more cynical climate of New York. He should fit right in. But if there's money for beer he's sure to fuck things up.