By Dan Fante
In l. a., suffering telemarketer-writer and part-time inebriated Bruno Dante is jobless back. The booklet of his e-book of brief tales has been dispose of indefinitely. looking the wish advertisements for a gig, he unearths a chauffeur task. while Bruno calls the quantity within the advert, he discovers the boss is his former long island company David Koffman, who's commencing a West Coast department of his thriving limo provider. Koffman hires Bruno as resident supervisor of Dav-Ko Hollywood lower than one situation: 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 easiest of him once more.
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Believe that shit? Recording calls! ” Koffman inclined his lanky body away from me, pressing his back against the red Naugahyde. He looked scared. ” “Yes, I did. I quit. ” “Hey, this is the United States of America if I’m not mistaken! Okay. We have laws relating to espionage and wiretapping here. The particular rectumshitbreath jerkoff I’m referring to was a vindictive Persian prick. A pernicious towelhead un-American alien pompous shitsucking dorf. And the sonofabitch beat me out of my final paycheck.
A private-party chauffeur position. Part-time. ” This of course was a lie. From here down everything I had written on the résumé was an exaggeration or outright bullshit. For me it had always been easier to make stuff up than to remember the sequence of an unimportant and ridiculous job or its dates in history. “A retired guy,” I said. “He traveled with a large, stinky, fifteen-year-old Irish setter. The dog had a bladder problem and the old guy never bathed him. He died—I mean the guy died—probably the dog too.
Jesus—of course I’m fuckin’ interested! ” A minute or two later, as I was sliding across the booth’s fake-leather bench seat to get to my feet, somehow the trembling butt of my hand came down on the outer rim of my coffee cup. Its contents were launched across the table and landed on the sleeve of David Koffman’s white jacket. It didn’t help seal the deal. It just happened. I was half-sure I’d blown it until he phoned me the next day. One of his ex-lovers had been an active New York City AA guy.
86'd by Dan Fante