When Dante Tutticosa, a middle aged writer and musician, finds himself back in San Francisco, short on dough and jobless, he’s not surprised.He’d already spent fifteen years of his life scratching out an existence in Fog City, this most iconoclastic of cities on the Northern Californian coast.
Mr. T gets a cheap hotel room with a sink on Market Street and lands a job in Chinatown as a fortune cookie twister.Luckily, he studied Mandarin in college and his employer needed English translations of Chinese fortunes – especially the dirty ones.
Dante soon hooks up with his old crony, Edgar More, who’s six foot four, two hundred and fifty pounds -- and perpetually homeless.Edgar lives most of the time in one sandbox or another in the midst of Golden Gate Park.He is an idiot savant full of arcane and esoteric knowledge and a unpredictable sense of humor -- he is Falstaff to Dante’s Prince Hal -- and his characterization is one of the main treats of this brilliant first novel.
'Crown Crane' by Tono Rondone. Acrylic on burlap, 20" x 36", 1974.
Check out "What a Difference" by Tono, recorded in 1989 in San Francisco
Edmond's Wake -- Tono addressing the mourners. Just below Tono, looking up, is his daughter Atria.
"Edmond Moore (SHOWN IN THE ABOVE PHOTO, AT RIGHT), deceased, was my best friend, and he died alone in Golden Gate Park of 'exposure.' What he died of is really anybody's guess. He was my best friend, but he was not without his excesses. Yet, this doesn't limit our loss, because Fritz was the kind of man who, though homeless and seemingly lost, was actually quite present and equally profound, in a way that you hope you might find in another human being at exactly the time when you need him the most. Edmond was that for me, and this book, dedicated to him, could never have been written, much less lived, if it had not been for him."
--- Tono Rondone
"Jamaica Sunrise" by Tono Rondone. Acrylic on gesso/burlap, 24" x 36", 1976.
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