small conversation in the afternoon with John Fante
by Charles Bukowski

he said, “I was working in Hollywood when Faulkner was
working in Hollywood and he was
the worst: he was too drunk to stand up at the
end of the afternoon and so I had to help him
into a taxi
 day after
day after day.

“but when he left Hollywood, I stayed on, and while I
didn’t drink like that maybe I should have, I might have
had the guts then to follow him and get the hell out of

I told him, “you write as well as

“you mean that?” he asked from the hospital
bed, smiling.

NOTE: John Fante (1909-1983), author of the classic L.A. novel Ask the Dust, was Buk’s writing idol.