By Dan Fante
In l. a., suffering telemarketer-writer and part-time inebriated Bruno Dante is jobless back. The e-book of his booklet of brief tales has been cast off indefinitely. looking out the wish advertisements for a gig, he unearths a chauffeur task. whilst Bruno calls the quantity within the advert, he discovers the boss is his former long island enterprise David Koffman, who's commencing a West Coast department of his thriving limo carrier. Koffman hires Bruno as resident supervisor of Dav-Ko Hollywood less than one situation: he needs to stay sober. yet fast 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downward spiral for Bruno, forcing him to confront his personal insanity as he struggles to maintain his outdated customary demons from getting the simplest of him once more.
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Cecil had no way of knowing that our mother had guarded these manuscripts with her life and that she had never allowed them to leave the storage case in the basement of her home. Only a month before she’d given in and been persuaded to donate all Jonathan Dante’s original work to a local university. Somehow, in a crack in time, these two manuscripts had been pirated away by Rick Dante and then tucked neatly into his Nazi time capsule. I’d had enough. I dropped them back into the file cabinet then slid the door closed.
She’s got a ream of shit on you now. What happens when she pisses you off and you try to bump her? What then? Smooth, jerkoff. Well done. I felt like puking while at the same time my body screamed its demand for a drink. Ten minutes later, after half a bottle of Pepto, I was able to hold down two vikes and two fingers of whiskey. I could stand up. The unshaven madman’s face in the bathroom mirror told me everything I need to know: terror and humiliation. Then the flash of truth that all of it, my months of work, all my short stories, were gone.
Well done. I felt like puking while at the same time my body screamed its demand for a drink. Ten minutes later, after half a bottle of Pepto, I was able to hold down two vikes and two fingers of whiskey. I could stand up. The unshaven madman’s face in the bathroom mirror told me everything I need to know: terror and humiliation. Then the flash of truth that all of it, my months of work, all my short stories, were gone. Lost. As dead as my dead com puter. Then, over and over, the crazy rerun of the incident with Portia and the knowledge that there was a good chance I had permanently damaged myself with Dav-Ko.