James Franco’s New Poetry Collection Is Titled Straight James/Gay James

James Franco is publishing a new chapbook titled Straight James/Gay James, which is what it sounds like: Poetry about James Franco and whether he’s straight or gay. Hot tip, James: You can be both if you so desire.

Here’s the book’s summary:

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?

Let’s list all the things that are cringey about this:

  • “Poetic bildungsroman”
  • “Raw, candid”
  • “Questions of identity, gender, family, Gucci”
  • “Poetic style varies from the imagistic to the prosaic”
  • “Contains an interview of ‘Gay James’ conducted by ‘Straight James’”

Guys, I have no problem with celebrities making art (I love Shia LaBeouf). My problem isn’t the fact of James Franco making art. My problem is the fact of James Franco.

You may preorder it for its January 1 publication, if you really want to.


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