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As you may know, James Franco has taken some time off from making girls cry to get his MFA in creative writing. From all the schools? Dude is enrolled at too many schools. How many schools do you need to go to to learn how to Write Down the Bones? In any case, it seems like a waste of time anyway, or more of a waste of time than usual (“grad students are the worst”), since he’s already sold his first book. From FOX News (via HuffPost):

Franco has sold a collection of short stories to the Scribner imprint of Simon & Schuster. His powerhouse agent, Richard Abate, of Endeavor, confirmed it yesterday.

This is great news for Franco, who’s enrolled in the graduate creative writing department at New York University and is also taking writing classes at Columbia…

It’s unknown how much Scribner’s paid, or when the book will be published.

Well played, Franco. You’re a regular Jhumpa Lahiri! After the jump, we have an EXCLUSIVE first look at the Table of Contents!

  • A Pair of Milk Stockings
  • A Cask of Annapolisillado
  • An Occurrence at Pineapple Express Bridge
  • The Spider-Man They Carried
  • The Freaks And Geek’s Black Veil
  • A Clean Well-Lighted Spider-Man
  • A Perfect Day for Bananafish (and Spider-Man)
  • The Garden of Forking Spider-Man
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Spider-Man

Write what you know.

Comments (14)
  1. Don’t forget his famous seven word story:
    For sale: MTV Movie Award, never won.

  2. It sounds like Gabe has read all the short stories

  3. action bastard  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 +13

    a Borges joke in the post…
    a Hemingway joke in the comments…
    that’ll do videogum, that’ll do

  4. Top notch photo editing work as usual, Gabe. Got all the little subtleties, right down to the jacket lapel that folds underneath James’ neck. And the adept skin tone blending between face and hands.

  5. This is an inspirational story for all struggling, would-be writers. See, you too can be a published author. All you have to do is become a successful, handsome actor who can afford a lavish education from colleges who will bend rules for you due to your celebrity status and — voila! — you’re an author!

  6. Trevor  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 +8

    I’ll put Franco’s book right next to my Ethan Hawke books. On the shelf in my jail cell.

    • RobinRubbermaid  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 +1

      I trust this shelf also includes Nick Cave’s “The Ass and the Angel” and Madonna’s “The English Rose.”

  7. Erin  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 +1

    Wow, Gabe, that is an impressive knowledge of short stories.

    How about “A Good Spider-Man Is Hard To Find”?

  8. “A Hard Man is Good to Find.”

    No movie jokes, just the kind of sexy truth I expect from James Franco.

  9. Eric  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 +1

    Good for him. He’s rising to his peak and he’s taking time off to further his education. That’s pretty admirable.

  10. This post automatically gets five stars just for including the “so good” Spider-Man 3 clip. Really the only reason to watch that movie.

  11. The Interpreter of Nights in Rodanthe Maladies. He was in that film too, you guys. NEVER FORGET.

  12. Did anyone read Ethan Hawke’s book, The Hottest State? It was just about the worst thing I’ve ever read!

    But I have higher hopes for Franco. Hot people can write, too! See?: http://squareeyes.blinkx.com/?p=411

    Though I heard he was a douche. Eh. I could go either way.

  13. =)  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2009 0

    haha. y’all, scribner wouldn’t just publish anyone… plus, james franco is pretty dedicated. i’d be surprised if these sucked.

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