RARA-AVIS: Regarding John Fante ...

From: David L. Wilson ( dwilson@sccn.net)
Date: 06 Dec 2005

There seems to be a little bit of comparing apples and oranges going on here. I became aware of a lot of things when I was young and following assignments of one sort or another in L.A. Going to work was like getting a new Beatles lp and hearing a sitar in action for the first time. I was a sponge. Bukowski was on the L.A. Free Press when I was, with his "Dirty Old Man" pages running alongside the sex ads. When I interviewed W.R. Burnett he gave a strong recommendation of John Fante's writing. There seemed to be no other author he was quite so enthusiastic about. I just see it as a continuum, a passing of the torch from one generation to another. I never saw Bukowski and Fante in the same place, however, or had a chance to quiz one about the other.

David L. Wilson Tahoe National Forest

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