Story | Feb 8, 2011
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Story | Oct 17, 2010Most people who write fiction have day jobs mainly because writing fiction tends to pay poorly and sporadically. But James Franco, who has written a collection of short stories entitled "Palo Alto" (Scribners) is a movie star. So when he landed one of those stories in Esquire this spring, it was part of a package that included a dapper cover-shot. Obviously, this doesn't happen to most newbie fiction writers, or even award-winning fiction writers unless you are Jonathan Franzen. And perhaps Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult can stop being so mad at Franzen and start being mad at Franco — "Palo Alto" will no doubt get more ink than most first-time short-story collections, including, you know, this review. It isn't Franco's fault, of course — just because he's a handsome young actor doesn't mean he can't write a book if he wants to
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