This collection of critical essays on the fiction of John Fante is the first concerted effort to assess the work, and acknowledge the significance, of one of America's most engaging and original twentieth-century literary talents. Over the span of a half-century - from the early 1930s to the early 1980s - the Italian-American Fante (1909-1983) wrote short stories and novels that drew on his own life from his Catholic childhood in Colorado through his down-and-out days in Los Angeles, to his adventures as a screenwriter in Hollywood. He writes about all these things with gusto, humor, directness, and an honesty tinged with the irony of a true modernist.
Calif.¿s correctional system is in a tailspin that threatens public safety & raises the risk of fiscal disaster. State prisons are packed beyond capacity. Inmates sleep in classrooms, gyms & hallways. Fed. judges control inmate med. care & oversee mental health, use of force, disabilities act compliance, dental care, parolee due process rights, & most aspects of the juvenile justice system. Thousands of local jail inmates are let out early every week as a result of overcrowding & court-ordered pop¿n. caps. A fed. judge has given the State 6 months to make progress on overcrowding or face the appoint. of a panel of fed. judges who will manage the prison pop¿n. This report makes recommend. to the Calif. State Leg. on how to resolve these problems. Illus.
Robert J. Garmston, Co-developer of Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools; emeritus professor, California State University, Sacramento July 2, 2013
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