i discovered fante through bukowski. there is an excellent introduiction by bukowski in this edition. bukowski says he was hanging around the library studing math, history geology etc. he couldnt really get into anything and was searching for that one writer who spoke from the heart. and he was glad that he finally found fante. i am finished with the first 75 pages. its a very good novel - so funny and sad. though i dont understand the weird relationship between bandini and lopez (the mexican waitress).