Category: Los Angeles

Review: Ask the Dust by John Fante

How I got through a bachelor’s program in English and a graduate program in American Lit without touching John Fante is beyond me (especially considering I did my graduate work in Los Angeles!). Ask the Dust was humorously honest in its portrayal of L.A.… Continue Reading “Review: Ask the Dust by John Fante”

Review: Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski

Sad and comic autobiography of an outcast’s youth during America’s Great Depression. Vivid descriptions and honesty to the past are two of the “pros” for this novel. The “cons” include a lack of any real plot or character development (static, everyone) and humor that… Continue Reading “Review: Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski”