By James Franco
The actors in James Franco’s terrific debut novel contain a McDonald’s drive-thru operator who spends his shift making an attempt on accents; an ex-child celebrity recalling a big beachside bacchanal; medical institution volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic ebook written through a recognized actor long gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there’s Franco himself, who prowls behind the curtain, peering out among the lines—before taking the level with attention-grabbing meditations on his artwork, in addition to nightmarish stories of extra. “Hollywood has constantly been a personal club,” he writes. “I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.”
Told in a dizzying array of styles—from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling textual content messages and ghostly footnotes—and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an excessive, wild trip into the darkish middle of superstar.
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He claimed to be 'moved by the earnest entreaty of some virtuous minded men who now in their age do far more sensibly feel the The acquisition of literacy 27 want, neglect or loss of time in their youth', and had a remedy to hand. ' 29 David Brown was an educational entrepreneur, thriving in Stuart London. His private practice evidently prospered, as new migrants to the metropolis came to appreciate the usefulness of literacy, but the service he offered may not have existed in more traditional parts of the country.
He described poor tenant farmers who 'cannot spare their children from work while they learn to read . . so that poverty causeth a generation of barbarians in a Christian, happy land'. 4 Remarks such as these, from the reign of Elizabeth to the reign of William and Mary, suggest that illiteracy was widespread among the poor and underprivileged of pre-industrial England. The dark corners of the land seemed to be crowding into the centre. Nor was this depressing vision confined to protestant divines who needed to contrast the glowing order that would arise through godly teaching and preaching.
Richard Baxter saw illiteracy as 'an 42 The measurement of literacy 43 unspeakable loss that befalls the church and the souls of men'. He described poor tenant farmers who 'cannot spare their children from work while they learn to read . . so that poverty causeth a generation of barbarians in a Christian, happy land'. 4 Remarks such as these, from the reign of Elizabeth to the reign of William and Mary, suggest that illiteracy was widespread among the poor and underprivileged of pre-industrial England.
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