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VERSATILE James Franco, Author Chris Pizzello / AP Photo

James Franco, Author

As if the bleak future of the publishing world wasn’t already plagued with doom and gloom, now actors are infringing on the once-sacred bookshelf space. James Franco, the Spider-Man and Milk star blessed with chiseled cheekbones and the tenacity to pursue dual MFAs, has sold a short story collection to the Scribner imprint of Simon & Schuster. Franco is currently enrolled in the graduate creative writing department at New York University and also treks uptown for writing classes at Columbia. The literary James of all trades also, in an appropriate move, recently signed on to portray poet Allen Ginsberg in Howl.

March 4, 2009 1:57 PM