Ask the Dust
I can barely compose a blog post, but if i were ever to write, or perhaps adopt a style of writing, then it would be John Fante's.
I received Ask the Dust as a gift a couple of weeks ago after pondering whether or not to read it.
Fante had been at the back of my mind for a while due to Bukowski's continued mentioning of him. Since I didn't have to make the decision myself, i started reading it instantly, rather than throwing it on a pile of other books.
Ask the Dust follows the story of Arturo Bandini (a sort of alter-ego of Fante) a writer who has relocated to LA. The novel is semi-biographical and explores how it was to be a writer in the great depression era.
I knew this was something that I liked, and finished it rather quickly considering my pretty slow reading pace. He has a similar 'free-flowing' style to Bukowski, but it seem's like Fante can actually write.