Happy Birthday John Fante

Today is the 101st anniversary of John Fante’s birth, and if you’re downtown this morning, you can join councilwoman Jan Perry and others for the dedication of “John Fante Square” at 5th and Grand. The formal dedication, at 11, will be followed by speeches from members of Fante’s family (his children, perhaps?), scholars, and public officials; a trip on Angels Flight; and a walking tour of Bunker Hill that ends, appropriately enough, at a bar.

If you love L.A., it’s hard not to love Fante: “”Los Angeles, give me some of you! Los Angeles come to me the way I came to you, my feet over your streets, you pretty town I loved you so much, you sad flower in the sand, you pretty town!”

And perhaps my favorite Fante line, “I have wanted women whose very shoes are worth all I have ever possessed.”

An aside: were I going, which I am not, since I will be on the other side of the planet in Chatsworth, I would build in time to walk a half dozen blocks for a maple bacon doughnut at the Nickle Diner and I’d take one of their pieces of salt peanut chocolate cake to go. Seriously people, peanut butter and crushed potato chips are involved. It is the best cake ever.

(j/k lolz‘s Ask the Dust picture used through a Creative Commons license)

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