From Arifa Akbar's "One Minute With: George Pelecanos" in the Independent:
Choose a favourite author and say why you like her/himRead more of the interview.
I would say John Steinbeck for the reason that he writes simply and for the people, and about everyday people. It's rare in American literature, which is mostly about succeeding or winning. He often writes about the opposite and I appreciate that.
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Which fictional character most resembles you?
Arturo Bandini, from Ask the Dust by John Fante. The character is the son of an immigrant who is trying to be a writer and is very conflicted by it; the idea kind of goes against his working-class roots.