By Dan Fante
A blackout because of a Mad puppy binge that ended with a self-inflicted steak knife wound acquired Bruno Dante one other stint within the nuthouse, no diversified from the entire relaxation. Now it's performed, and his spouse, Agnes—taking day off from her personal-trainer lover—has come to select Bruno up and to carry a message from the West Coast: his screenwriter father is within the clinic in a coma and isn't anticipated to stay. So Bruno heads again to la for a fraught kin reunion, the place the stress and pressure strength him to bland the ache the one method he understands how—with alcohol. And whilst he wakes up bare in a stolen vehicle with an underage hooker whose pimp has stolen his pockets, Bruno realizes the journey has simply begun.
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In his speech, Braby reminded the team that it was too early for congratulations, there was far more work to be done, but he wanted everyone to see just how far the project had progressed, and how revolutionary it would be. With uncustomary lyricism, he summoned an image of a townscape, as seen from a nearby hill, and five thousand roofs glittering in the setting sun with the gyrations of their silver turbines, far more beautiful, he thought, than the TV aerials that had transformed the urban prospect in the nineteen fifties.
He had an overview then, and they became a feature of his week, these afternoons in the Arctic dusk, when he reminded himself over the cocoa that his life was about to empty out and that he must begin again, take himself in hand, lose weight, get fit, live in a simple, organised style. And get serious at last about work, though he had no idea what work he could do that was not detached from or eased by his peculiar fame. Must he give forever the same lecture series about his one small contribution, sit on committees, be a Presence?
Around him, clouds of blue smoke, and high-pitched roars, the proper expression at last of full-throated panic. Already, half the party was shooting away in the direction of the ship. It was every-man-forhimself. Beard wasted no energy cursing. He pulled out the choke lever, though he knew it was a mistake, for the engine was still warm. He tried again. And again, nothing. He smelled petrol. He had flooded the engine and he deserved to die. Now all the others had gone, along with the guide, whose dereliction of duty Beard resolved to report to Pickett, or the King of Norway.
Chump Change: A Novel by Dan Fante