By Dan Fante
In la, suffering telemarketer-writer and part-time inebriated Bruno Dante is jobless back. The ebook of his ebook of brief tales has been dispose of indefinitely. looking the wish advertisements for a gig, he reveals a chauffeur task. whilst Bruno calls the quantity within the advert, he discovers the boss is his former ny enterprise David Koffman, who's beginning 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 rapid company good fortune triggers an abrupt booze-and-blackout-soaked downward spiral for Bruno, forcing him to confront his personal insanity as he struggles to maintain his previous customary demons from getting the simplest of him over again.
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Enough was enough. I decided to leave. Outside, in front of the meeting hall, there’s a guy just lighting up a cigarette. He’s wearing a wool cap and a heavy black suede coat in the eighty-degree heat. I asked him for a light. “That was pretty crazy in there,” I said. ” “Whatever, man. It’s cool with me,” he says back. ” “So,” I ask, “what do you do when it gets like that? ” The question amuses him. “Timing is the key,” he snickers. “I do the same thing every day. I come out here and smoke right after they read chapter five at the beginning.
It was uncalled for and off-the-cuff, completely out of context and inappropriate to our discussion. I’ll just say this: In my book a cocksucker can be male or female, anatomically. Cocksuckers are—let’s say—potentially interchangeable. That doesn’t make ’em right or wrong. I think we can both agree on the definition of the word cocksucker as sort of neutral. Okay. I mean you yourself may or may not suck cock. That’s none of my concern. It’s a private matter between you and your conscience and any other consenting adult whose cock you might be sucking.
The store sells a three-piece polyester blue business suit—the perfect chauffeur’s uniform. They charge a hundred and seventy-nine dollars. Buy two. Have the store do the alterations while you wait. ” “Ten-four,” I said, half-snatching the money from his hand, wanting to appear eager and confident. ” Again Buffalo Bill eyed me up and down. ” “Nothing equals a good dump. ” “Swell. ” Somewhere in the room behind my boss a curtain came open and a sudden shaft of light illuminated a person—a young Latino guy—naked from the waist up, a foot shorter than Koffman and twenty-five years younger.
86'd by Dan Fante