Thursday, November 1, 2007

So you're a celebrity member of the "literati"....

As Yogi Berra once allegedly said, "It's deja vu all over again."

I recently received an e-mail from a literary poetry reading trumpeting that they were mentioned in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES new Guide section.

Yes, there are several poetry/prose readings mentioned.  But would the newspaper have bothered if celebrities weren't involved in some of them?

The cover of Guide is a pensive/serious shot of actor/writing student James Franco [best known for playing James Dean, the son of Robert De Niro in CITY BY THE SEA and the son of Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin in the SPIDER-MAN films--not to mention an occasional member of the Judd Apatow stock company].

Inside the Guide article, there's a color photo of two alluring young women at a literary salon at Adrien Grenier's [ENTOURAGE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA] house.  The caption underneath starts off with: "Not your grandmother's book club....."

I'm old enough to remember the first time I was aware of actors writing poetry in Los Angeles.  It was around 1990, when then-and-now scenester Eve Babitz wrote an article for the old MOVIELINE magazine [long before it morphed into HOLLYWOOD LIFE] about celeb poetry readings at Largo [then called Cafe Largo] on Fairfax Avenue.

Poets then included Drew Barrymore and Charlie Sheen. 

I'm curious as to whether or not Eve will breathlessly chronicle Mr. Franco and his current peers' works of Word Art.

If she does, please let me know by posting a response here.

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