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  • Taschenbuch: 83 Seiten
  • Verlag: Gray Wolf Pr (15. April 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1555976735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555976736
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,1 x 0,7 x 22,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 42.704 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Franco's bold and magnetic examination of life in the mirrored hall of make-believe and fame taps deeply into our collective mythology. (Booklist)

The stories in Directing Herbert White disconcert and titillate, they swagger and collapse, andthey explore what it feels like to be a character. How did we get to be this way? is the unspoken question--weird, ugly humans, on and off stage, trying and failing? Franco's poems are brave and whip-like, and in the center of their mirrored labyrinth, they house and refine a vulnerable, curious, and very distinct poetic sentience. (Tony Hoagland)

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 impermanence. We leave the movie theater a little wiser. (Anne Waldman)

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)

Individually and collectively, the poems in James Franco's Directing Herbert White dramatize the fever dream of American celebrity culture while coolly taking that fever's pulse. In a style both direct and elusive, as anguished as it is ironic, Franco shows us what it feels like to be, at one and the same time, looked at and invisible, acting and acted upon. But what makes this book so distinctive and powerful is the disturbing image of ourselves we see reflected back at us from the funhouse mirror of our public fantasies. (Alan Shapiro)

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

James Franco is an actor, director, writer, and artist. He has appeared in numerous films, and has directed and adapted many literary works for the screen, including Frank Bidart's "Herbert White."

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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von bookpug am 3. August 2014
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5 for i don't know why...i wonder
where are the reviews when it buy over thousend people
i just wonder
is it only in my country?
i am intresting to understand it i think
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Great Read 24. Oktober 2014
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No matter how much hate James Franco gets, I love the artist he is. I love his writing and his movies. This poetry book was a great quick read for me. If you love free verse this is a must read.
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Worth your while 10. August 2014
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I dont get why everybody is bagging on this book, its actually quite good. The style is strange, but the words and the images the poems paint in your head are fantastic. The poetry is raw and really evokes emotion and ideas. An example of this is an excerpt from the first poem: Because

Because I played a knight
Because I was handsome,

This was the life I made for myself.

Years later, I decided to look at what I made,
And I watched myself in all the old movies, and I hated the guy I saw

Because he was the one who stayed after I died.

I highly recommend reading the full poem and the book as well.
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reviewing Directing Herbert White: Poems 3. Mai 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed these poems. Actor James Franco give insight into his life and the life of Hollywood! Must read!
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I was surprised I liked it. 24. März 2014
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Of course I think of James Franco in Spider -Man, Oz the Great and Powerful and SNL and part of me was reluctant to give him any credit as a poet and a writer. I bought his book out of curiosity and found myself reading poem after poem until I had digested them all. I like his free form modernistic style, his honesty and blunt wording. He reveals himself without inhibition and leaves the reader with his essence. I sincerely enjoyed it.
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FEARLESS! 9. Januar 2015
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I'm not sure what initially drew me to James Franco. The man has charisma, but I wanted to sample some of his written work. I started with this, his book of poetry. I'm glad I did. There was negativity in these reviews. Without passing judgement--- I suspect there were a few Students of Poetry out there with huge student loan debt and a lot of steaming, hissing anger to take out on a guy who already has a successful career as an 'actor'. I have read enough poetry in my lifetime to appreciate all types, and have to admit I was intrigued by Mr Franco's style. His poetry reflects on his early life, and years in Hollywood, along with the intrigue and restlessness that accompanied it. The poem 'LOS ANGELES PROVERB' says:

"The movie palaces were built with the bones
of ten million actresses, And the
great mansions of Bel Air and
Beverly Hills and Brentwood and the
Are the mausoleums of naked, drugged,
stupid, happy, young actors, all gone."

That, in my mind, sums up the gospel truth of Hollywood.

When I started to read these, I realized this man had his own voice. Many are disappointed that they don't have the style of other established poets, but to me that is what made these poems so essential. Read through these and you will see why I call his style FEARLESS! Basically unafraid to take on almost any subject. While some might complain that this work is not 'The Raven', that's not the point. This is a wonderful beginning to his body of work. I'm sure there's more on the way.

Two poems that stuck with me were, 'HOW SOON IS NOW?' which stirs up a hornet's nest of memories of his father (which I was able to relate to), and the starkly revealing, 'FAKE':

"But on the page, this fake me
Is the me that speaks.
And this fake me is louder
Than the real me, and he
Is the one that everyone knows.
He’s become the real me
Because everyone treats me
Like I’m the fake me."
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