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The Fante Tapes [Redux]


Tape One: The Dust & Fog of L.A.’s Streets
Discussed: California writers, Carey McWilliams, the influence on Charles Bukowski, Italian ancestry, writing for film, H.L. Mencken, Sherwood Anderson, Knut Hamsun, Céline, how Mein Kampf buried Ask the Dust, Robert Towne & Chinatown, Orson Welles, Nathanael West

Tape Two: Tainted by the Town
Discussed: Mencken’s Mercury, pulp rates, censorship, F. Scott Fitgerald’s feminine hands, drinking with William Faulkner, Bunker Hill, Nathanael West’s diabolical humour, Saul Bellow, on not drinking & writing, Camus as a bad influence, Howard Hughes, manual labour, Joyce Fante’s poetry

Tape Three: Undertow
Discussed: John Martin, writing by inspiration, style, the publishing industry in the 30s, fighting bitterness, the LA Public Library, scriptwriting, resisting phrases, B. Traven, the real-life Camilla

Tape Four: Traversing the Middle
Discussed: Taking a leap out into Bukowski country, Dreams From Bunker Hill, running out of material, heckling Sinclair Lewis, Hemingway, Kenneth Patchen, Saroyan

Tape Five: Flashback
Discussed: Brotherhood of the Grape, Coppola & Towne, the studios, losing vision, autobiography in the Bandini sagas

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Monday, May 17th, 2010.