Directing Herbert White

Directing Herbert White


eBook - 2014
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The debut poetry collection by the actor, director, and writer James Franco

I'm a nocturnal creature,

And I'm here to cheat time.

You can see time and exhaustion

Taking pay from my face--

In fifty years

My sleep will be death,

I'll go like the rest,

But I'll have played

All the games and all the roles.

--from "Nocturnal"

"There's never been a book quite like this. Hollywood -- fame, celebrity, the promise of becoming an artist -- is the beast at its center. Franco knows it like Melville knows whaling. Hollywood in this book devours its young. Obsessed with myths about its own past, it can be survived only by finding a vantage point that is not Hollywood. Bold yet subtle, fearless yet disarming, Franco has made a book you will never forget." -- Frank Bidart, winner of the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry

"A star-studded cast moves like ghosts across the screen of James Franco's poetic consciousness, imbuing the writing with scenes of icons who are also humans replete with sorrow and presence in our own psyches. James Dean, Monica Vitti, Catherine Deneuve, Sal Mineo, Heath Ledger, pass and fade. The author has a wonderful self-reflexive insouciance about his own fame and roles inhabited, from Hart Crane to Allen Ginsberg to Harvey Milk's lover. Franco is a gifted contemporary Renaissance kind of guy, surveying the waterfront of illusion, suffering, and impermanance. We leave the movie theater a little wiser." -- Anne Waldman, poet, editor, scholar, and cultural/political activist

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press Inc., 2014
ISBN: 9781770894587
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Sep 07, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised at the writing talent of actor James Franco. The poems are raw and authentic, which I loved. There is adult language but it is written in a way that it is almost necessary.

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