No. 19

That's a stock image from a website called alamy.com, which you could have probably figured out on your own from seeing the URL underneath it or looking at the words "alamy stock photo" stamped on the picture. James Franco looks surprised in this photo, almost as if he's saying, "Hold up, you actually read this?"

That's a stock image from a website called alamy.com, which you could have probably figured out on your own from seeing the URL underneath it or looking at the words "alamy stock photo" stamped on the picture. James Franco looks surprised in this photo, almost as if he's saying, "Hold up, you actually read this?"

Start out in television. Move up to movies. Graduate to graduate school. The book deals will come to you.


James Franco has written three books: Palo Alto, a collection of stories; Actors Anonymous, a novel and Straight James / Gay James, a collection of poetry that I am eager to read just to see what it's like. Look at this fucking blurb from Amazon:

Straight James / Gay James, actor James Franco's new chapbook of poems, explores the facets of his public and private personas. Straight James / Gay James is a poetic bildungsroman--raw, candid, and uninhibited. James Franco writes about life as an actor, sexuality, questions of identity, gender, family, Gucci, Lana Del Rey, James Dean, and Hollywood. His poetic style varies from the imagistic to the prosaic. The chapbook also contains an interview of "Gay James" conducted by "Straight James." Yes, Straight James asks the question: Let's get substantial: are you gay or what?

I'm particularly intrigued by how James Franco will question "identity, gender, family, Guccia, Lana Del Rey, James Dean, and Hollywood."

A lot of people, mainly the types of people who use the word "bro" derisively more frequently than the types of "bros" they're trying to demean use the term in earnest, can't stand James Franco. I like James Franco. I think he's funny. I loved Freaks and Geeks back when it was on TV. I've enjoyed several of his movies. When I was at City College I'd drift down toward Columbia on walks, and sometimes I'd wonder if I'd see James Franco. Does he deserve all these non-celebrity-memoir book deals? I don't know. I'd have to read the books, which I'm not going to do unless someone gives them to me. (Remind me to add my PO Box somewhere on this website.) There's definitely something special about him. All famous people get to publish at least one memoir. Only a select few—Ethan Hawke, Krysten Ritter, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry—get to publish novels. But how many celebrities have literary journals named after them? As far as I'm aware, only James Franco. It's called The James Franco Review.

©Alan Good 2017