By Dan Fante
In la, suffering telemarketer-writer and part-time under the influence of alcohol Bruno Dante is jobless back. The book of his publication of brief tales has been dispose of indefinitely. looking out the wish advertisements for a gig, he unearths a chauffeur activity. whilst Bruno calls the quantity within the advert, he discovers the boss is his former long island supplier David Koffman, who's establishing a West Coast department of his thriving limo carrier. Koffman hires Bruno as resident supervisor of Dav-Ko Hollywood less than one : he needs to stay sober. yet quick enterprise luck triggers an abrupt booze-and-blackout-soaked downward spiral for Bruno, forcing him to confront his personal insanity as he struggles to maintain his outdated established demons from getting the easiest of him all over again.
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I…I,” I said. “Would you mind…if…very much…” The blue-gray eyes fixed on me. “Speak up, Dante, for the love of God. I’m eighty-seven. ” I blurted. C. was beaming. “A man was starving in Capri,” she quoted. “He moved his eyes and looked at me…” “I know that one too,” I shot back, amazed at myself. ” “Not bad, Mr. Dante. You’ve read Millay. You may send me your work, or bring it. ” “I’ll drop it by tomorrow. ” No reply. The door slammed and she was gone. Inside to the darkness with her mystic Tahuti.
I said. “The truth is you never liked him. ” “He was dealing coke, Portia. ” “That’s absurd. Totally preposterous and unjustified. Frank is a superb employee. And you questioning my integrity is an insult that I will not tolerate. I suggest we contact David in New York. ” “Frank tells me that you give a decent blowjob; pretty nice tongue technique and all. ” Miss Britannia looked as if she’d just choked on a thick French fry. “I beg your pardon,” she whispered. “Look, here’s how I see it: I’ve owed you one for my boozing and throat-cutting stuff.
I’ve got a special errand,” she beamed, ten thousand facial wrinkles appearing, then flattening out. “I’m meeting my granddaughter. We’re off to Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. ” “Ten-four,” I said. “Tell me, Mr. ” “Sorry. That’s two-way radio jargon. ” I shifted into “D” and began pulling the big stretch out into traffic. “So,” I said, breaking a clumsy silence, making small talk, “how did it go at the doctor’s? C. snickered. “Well, I’m dying, Bruno, if you must know. That’s how it went. ” “Sure.