His mother is jewish and his father was of portuguese and swedish descent. Almost all are teenagers who drift from party to party, who break up friends. All content included on our site, such as text, images, digital downloads and other, is the property of its content suppliers and protected by us and international laws. Palo alto by james franco now a provocative and impressive variety film from director gia coppola francis ford coppolas granddaughterstarring. Palo alto book launch james franco attends the launch of his book palo alto at the appropriately named james hotel in new york. Palo alto stories is three individual films drawn from the high school experiences james franco wrote about in his book, palo alto. Aug 04, 2011 palo alto is the debut of a powerful new literary voice. He grew up in palo alto and all the stories are set here, so it was pretty cool to see so many familiar. Palo alto is a collection of shortstories from golden globe winning actor, james franco. Actor franco, perhaps best known for his roles in spiderman and milk, makes his debut as a writer with this collection of 11 short stories about restless adolescents in palo alto, ca. Francos post states that all profits made from the.
Palo alto is the debut of a surprising and powerful new literary voice. Jun 04, 2011 palo alto is the debut of a powerful new literary voice. James edward franco is an american actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer, author, and painter. Written with an immediacy and sense of place palo alto traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to selfdestructive, often heartless nihilism. An effort is underway to remove a mural james franco painted at palo alto high school, his alma mater, as allegations of sexual misconduct continue to dog the golden globewinning star of the the. Palo alto is far from merely cut and paste replication however and it is in the format of the whole book that shows francos fascinating creativity. Think bret easton ellis, dennis cooper, kathy acker. James franco has 38 books on goodreads with 44877 ratings. The writing was ok, though not really what i would expect from franco. This isnt the case in franco s first story collection, palo alto.
Franco has, for the most part defied haters this yearhe was funny on 30 rock, spooky on general hospital, and his art opening was, against all odds, given a passing grade. Written with an immediate sense of placeclaustrophobic and ominous james franco s collection. Apr 19, 2015 emma roberts plays a high school student james francos hitting on in palo alto, out in early may. In 2001 he played the title role in mark rydells television biographical film james dean, which earned him a golden globe for best actor in a. Bounded by the same zip code and the same destructive urges, francos characters smoke too much weed, commit hitandruns, and are always in danger of falling prey to. James francos chilling stories seem too true for comfort. The book is made up of snapshots of life in palo alto as experienced by a series of bored, delinquent teenagers who spend most of their time drinkdriving, taking drugs, obsessing over sex and. Palo alto traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to selfdestructive, often heartless nihilism. He began acting during the late 1990s, appearing on the shortlived television series freaks and geeks and starring in several teen films. Spiderman heartthrob james franco bolsters his already impressive cv with these engaging tales of bored teenagers getting into trouble. Franco, as well as being an actor, artist and soontobe oscars host, studied writing at brooklyn college. Palo alto is the debut of a powerful new literary voice. Known for his breakthrough starring role on freaks and geeks 1999, james franco was born april 19, 1978 in palo alto, california, to betsy franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and douglas eugene doug franco, who ran a silicon valley business.
Each of the stories centres on characters living in palo alto and track back and forth in time, mostly anchored in some stage of grade school. The characters in palo alto navigate off a moral compass so smashed they bruise everything they touch. Palo alto is a collection of linked short stories by american actor, writer, and director james franco. Actors anonymous, a novel that follows 2010s shortstory collection palo alto, is both about, and doomed by. Stories by james franco in chm, doc, fb2 download ebook. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1. The proust quote at the start of the book states that, in spite of the regrets it may weigh upon us in later life, adolescence is the only period in which. The stories didnt seem to go anywhere, and that was my big beef. Emma roberts plays a high school student james francos hitting on in palo alto, out in early may. But the author fails to find anything remotely insightful. Features a bonus essay by james franco on gia coppolas film adaptation. Stories by james franco and featuring new music from devonte.
For example, i think its really interesting that the second part of the book introduces a bunch of new characters out of nowhere, and. I recently read through some of james francos collection of short stories, palo alto. Marijuana, especially, provides a backdrop, and sex is the source of both desire and guilt. Palo alto book by james franco official publisher page simon. Ebook palo alto libro electronico descargar pdf serie. When james franco began writing his series of short stories for the 2011 book palo alto he didnt necessarily have the big screen. Francos multimedia art show the dangerous book four boys. He is unlike other actors because he is well educated and continues to further his education by going to graduate schools and getting more and more degrees. In the classic american tradition of storycycles such as sherwood andersons winesburg, ohio, palo alto presents a stark, vivid, disturbing, but, above all, compassionate portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth. James franco may be best known for being an actor, but he is also a writer. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone.
Jun 30, 20 joking bad late night with jimmy fallon late night with jimmy fallon duration. A fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled california teenagers and misfitsviolent and harrowing, from the astonishingly talented actor and artist james franco. Francos intense artistry swarms all over this gripping book. Palo alto book by james franco official publisher page. The principal of palo alto high school reportedly decided to erase a campus mural painted by graduate james franco after allegations of sexual misconduct were. Joking bad late night with jimmy fallon late night with jimmy fallon duration. Unfortunately, that exchange only halfencapsulates palo alto, the debut shortstory cycle by multihyphenate heartthrob james franco.
Palo alto by james franco overdrive rakuten overdrive. A modern renaissance man palo alto native franco can act, direct, write and, in his upcoming ginsberg biopic, howl. Gay is an unabashed disciple of cormac mccarthy, and this is the first book by him, a reclusive man. Its best entry is american history, in which high school freshmen must articulate the pro and anti. Written with an immediacy and sense of place palo alto traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to. An academy award nominee for 127 hours, francowho was born in palo alto in 1978has written a second book about the city, and in it he. Check out palo alto stories by james franco on indiegogo. Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. This book is what you can expect from james franco. Franco has, for the most part defied haters this year. The stories are about teenagers and their experiments with vices and their struggles with their families. Palo alto is the accumulation of his studies, and a life spent growing up in the palo alto area.
Jun 07, 2011 this book was compiled of short stories about, what was essentially, bored teenagers in palo alto california where james franco grew up. James franco s most popular book is slaughterhousefive. His mother, betsy lou nee verne, is a childrens book author and occasional actress, and his father, douglas eugene franco, ran a silicon valley business. Franco presents his characters in all their raw humanity, while at the same time providing insight into the teenage mind. As aimless as the teens it portrays, palo alto sees yet another coppola enter into the movie making business, this time gia, franciss the godfather granddaughter and sophias lost in translation niece who in adapting james franco s collection of short stories of the same name has created an at brief times realistic and insightful look. James edward franco was born in palo alto, california on april 19, 1978. Franco does not sugar coat the decisions and actions that young teens make when their parents eyes are turned away. The star is hoping to adapt his own book of short stories, titled palo alto, into a trilogy of films. James franco, a man of many trades, explores disaffected youth in his first story collection. This book was compiled of short stories about, what was essentially, bored teenagers in palo alto california where james franco grew up. Alas the moviestars new short story collection, palo alto apparently stinks. The collection was published on october 19, 2010, by scribners. A fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled california teena.
Might have been the quickest ive ever read a book other than of mice and men. Palo alto book launch james franco attends the launch of his book palo alto at the appropriately named james hotel in new york on thursday october 14. I recently read through some of james franco s collection of short stories, palo alto. An insightful look at growing up rich in the northern california city of palo alto. The tonight show starring jimmy fallon 30,966,127 views. Given that franco could have opted to coast by on movie star mystique, the decision to write about the suburb of his upbringing is intriguing. I really liked it but i cant figure out why, and i cant find much discussion about it.1483 935 1548 545 1380 181 927 803 54 212 149 235 558 1487 1297 226 558 642 328 1050 986 445 67 703 406 307 24 1106 1269 1152 626 19 1175 939