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May 21, 2006
As the trustees of the John Fante estate, we are deeply troubled by the many misrepresentations in J.R. Moehringer's article ("Where Father Ends and Son Begins," The Generations Issue, April 30). Our primary concern pertains to the depiction of our father, John Fante, as a raging alcoholic. He was not an alcoholic, nor was he raging. He did drink on occasion and was somewhat moody at times, but the depiction of him in the article is pure fiction and is simply wrong. He has an active and flourishing literary career 23 years after his death, and to taint his image erroneously is irresponsible journalism.
March 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Many Angelenos were shaken awake at 6:25 a.m. Monday by a 4.4 magnitude earthquake centered north of Westwood. As earthquakes go, it wasn't really so bad: As of this writing, no major damage or injuries have been reported, water and power systems seem to be intact across the city, and, well, it was time to get up anyway. It was literally a wake-up call for earthquake preparedness. We're all supposed to have earthquake kits stocked with water and canned goods and first-aid supplies, just in case.
April 7, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
John Fante's literary alter ego Arturo Bandini strolls onto the opening pages of 1939's "Ask the Dust" with little to do, scarcely any money, even less to eat and a lot to say. He is a frustrated writer, newly arrived in L.A., as arrogant as he is self-loathing, struck by beauty and choking on fumes, lustful and cold. He sneers when offered something he wants despite the fact that he wants it so desperately.
March 10, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Charles Bukowski was known for his drinking as much as his poetry. So maybe, the man Time magazine once described as "the laureate of lowlife," would have approved of a 20th-anniversary memorial held in his honor at the dimly lighted King Eddy Saloon on the edge of skid row. The dive bar, said to be a favorite haunt of the poet and his own idol, novelist John Fante, was filled with Bukowski fans Sunday, spilling out onto the street in a...
April 16, 2000 | FRED GARDAPHE, Fred Gardaphe is the author of "Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative" and directs the Italian American Studies program at State University of New York at Stony Brook
If the Italian immigrant experience has a presence beyond the mythic Mafia of Mario Puzo, it is through the short stories and novels of John Fante.
May 14, 1995 | DAVID L. ULIN, David L. Ulin is book editor of the "Los Angeles Reader," and the author of "Cape Cod Blues" (Red Dust), a book of poems
John Fante, who died of complications from diabetes in 1983 at the age of 74, is one of the lost souls of American letters, an author whose work has an almost legendary stature among writers and critics, but remains curiously unknown to the public at large. Born in Colorado to Italian immigrant parents, Fante made his way to Los Angeles in the early 1930s and sold his first short story to H. L. Mencken's "The American Mercury" in 1932. Unlike contemporaries such as Nathanael West, F.
April 26, 1987 | MICHAEL MOREAU, Michael Moreau is assistant editor of Special Sections at The Times.
Four years ago next month, Los Angeles writer John Fante died at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital, Country House and Lodge in Woodland Hills. Since that time there has been a renewed interest in his intensely personal novels, especially those depicting the struggling writer, Arturo Bandini, which are set in Los Angeles during the 1930s.
April 16, 2000 | PHYLLIS RICHARDSON, Phyllis Richardson is the author of "Portmanteau."
"Los Angeles, give me some of you! Los Angeles, come to me the way I came to you, my feet over your streets, you pretty town I loved you so much, you sad flower in the sand, you pretty town." So intones Arturo Bandini, the hero of John Fante's "Ask the Dust."
March 3, 2002 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People."
John Fante is one of those tragic figures of arts and letters whose best work was coldly and cruelly overlooked in his own lifetime, only to be "discovered" and celebrated long after his death. When Fante died at 74 in 1983, he had earned a bed in the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills by reason of his work as a journeyman screenwriter in the old studio system--"the most disgusting job in Christ's kingdom," he once called it.
June 26, 2008
Title: Gregory Rodriguez's column Monday on images of L.A. referred incorrectly to a John Fante novel. It is "Ask the Dust," not "Ask the Dusk."
November 23, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Wanda Coleman was a force of nature. The last time I saw her, in early 2012, she took over a panel we were on at 826LA. The subject was Los Angeles literature - something Coleman, who died Friday at the age of 67 after a long illness, embodied at the very center of her being - and all of us, her fellow panelists, were more than happy to sit back and listen to her talk. There was that magnificent voice, for one thing: resonant, oratorical, deep with experience. And then, of course, there was everything she had to say. Coleman was the conscience of the L.A. literary scene - a poet, essayist and fiction writer who helped transform the city's literature when she emerged in the early 1970s.
April 30, 2013
Ben Pleasants L.A. poet and playwright Ben Pleasants, 72, a Los Angeles poet and playwright who also championed the work of Charles Bukowski and John Fante in literary critiques, died of a heart attack April 18 in Crescent City, his wife, Paula, said. Born Aug. 6, 1940, in Weehawken, N.J., Pleasants graduated from Hofstra University on New York's Long Island in 1962 and within a few years enrolled in graduate English courses at UCLA. Beginning in the mid-1960s he wrote for the Los Angeles Free Press and regularly contributed book and theater reviews to The Times from the late 1960s until the mid-1980s.
April 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Bestselling novelist Jonathan Evison dropped by our video booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books to talk with L.A. Times columnist Robin Abcarian about "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving," his novel that has just been released in paperback.  The book is about a middle-aged man whose life has bottomed out and who takes a night course in caregiving -- "he learns to insert catheters and avoid liability," Evison explains, showing some of...
April 10, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
It isn't every day that you can read from a book and feel the words come to life before your eyes. That happened to me Wednesday morning, at Union Station, at an event designed to make passing L.A. commuters hip to the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books . Asked to read at Union Station at rush hour, I chose short passages from eight works of Southern California literature, including five novels, a book of poetry, a stage play...
March 3, 2013 | By Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
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December 14, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Wire-thin and slumped like a question mark, James Maley nurses a watered-down whiskey at the battered bar inside the King Eddy Saloon. Around him a boisterous crowd presses in. Maley taps a cracked fingernail nervously on his glass and stares warily at the newcomers. They've come to see novelist John Fante's son, Dan Fante, read at the bar that inspired his father's 1939 classic "Ask the Dust. " They're also here to experience skid row's last dive bar before it shuts down for renovations on Sunday.
April 9, 1989
I am working on a biography of Los Angeles writer John Fante and would like to talk with anyone who knew him and could contribute anecdotes and reminiscences. MICHAEL MOREAU 146 S. MICHIGAN AVE. 307 PASADENA 91106 (818) 577-6942
April 30, 1989
Many thanks for Tom Clark's endearing remembrance of one of the 20th Century's great writers. I have long taken upon myself the task of educating my fellow man on the magic of John Fante's fiction. "The Road to Los Angeles" is a wonderfully mad look at early San Pedro life as seen only through the eyes of the inimitable Mr. Bandini. You'll cry as you fall off the chair laughing. TOM MOORE COSTA MESA
November 26, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Wanda Coleman, widely considered the "unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles," has been battling an upper respiratory infection since September; she has been hospitalized more than once. According to an email from Richard Modiano, director of Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center , Coleman had to cancel several appearances this fall due to illness, and recently went back into the hospital again. She is scheduled to be released early this week but will need additional care after she is discharged.
September 11, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Fante A Family's Legacy of Writing, Drinking and Surviving Dan Fante Harper Perennial: 416 pp., $14.99 paper When 45-year-old Dan Fante first sat down at his father's typewriter, the result was typical. He felt great banging out a manuscript, but after one less-than-stellar response, he immediately trashed it. Success and destruction: That had been Dan's cycle for decades until it was interrupted, finally, by luck and grace and the desire to write. Of course, Fante's typewriter came with a heavier legacy than most: His father, John Fante, wrote "Ask the Dust," the 1939 novel of a striving writer that has become a Los Angeles classic.
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