Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fante on Top of Bukowski

Just came back from the library, with a big load of hardbacks to organize into stacks. Two of the paperbacks that look small amidst the hardbacks are an edition of "Ask the Dust" by John Fante, from 2006, at the time of the movie adaptation with Colin Firth and Salma Hayek, and Charles Bukowski's "Pleasures of the Damned." This Harper Perennial Classics edition has the introduction Bukowski wrote for the novel and on the back is a quote from him from the introduction: "Fante was my God." In one of those book stacks, I placed it on top of "The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1951-1993" by Bukowski. Seems appropriate.