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On art, Metro flare-ups and John Fante's cactus

On art, Metro flare-ups and John Fante's cactus

Colorado native Ryan Gattis' new novel, "All Involved," unfolds during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The California section's Jason Song sat with Gattis over a plate of mole at Rocio's in Bell Gardens, grilling him about his research into gang life, his work with the arts collective United Group of Los Angeles Residents (UGLAR) , and public transportation. We later emailed Gattis questions and crunched the conversation into this: Can you confirm or deny stealing a cactus from the late novelist John Fante's former house? Stealing is such a harsh word. I took a clipping — something I have on good authority that Fante did himself — from a large cactus...

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