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A California Childhood [PDF / EPUB] A California Childhood An actor treads the line between reality and fiction every time he plays a part and for James Franco that exploration isn’t limited to the screen—he’s also a visual artist with several exhibitio An actor treads the line between reality and fiction every time he plays a part and for James Franco that exploration isn’t limited to the screen—he’s also a visual artist with several exhibitions under his belt as well as the author of the widely praised story collection Palo Alto In A California Childhood he plays with the concept of memoir through personal snapshots sketches paintings poems and stories “I was born in at A California MOBI :ß Stanford Hospital and spent my first eighteen years in a single house at the end of a cul de sac in Palo Alto” Franco writes in his introduction Steve Jobs’s daughter and the grandson of one of the Hewlett Packard founders may have both been in his graduating class but just across the freeway from his home turf lay East Palo Alto which in had the highest murder rate per capita in the country For Franco the terrain of his upbringing is fraught with the complication of a city divided But within that diversity universal aspects of adolescence rise to the surface and those are the subjects at the heart of Franco’s work Ultimately this is a portrait of a childhood brightened by California sunshine but with trouble waiting in the shadows At turns funny dark and emotional the journey of this book delivers an undeniable immediacy And at the end the reader is left wondering just where the boundary lies between Franco’s art and his true life.


10 thoughts on “A California Childhood

  1. says:

    Rating 39 of fiveThe Publisher Says In A California Childhood Franco plays with the concept of memoir through personal snapshots sketches paintings poems and stories I was born in 1978 at Stanford Hospital and spent my first eighteen years in a single house at the end of a cul de sac in Palo Alto” Franco writes in his introduction Steve Jobs’s daughter and the grandson of one of the Hewlett Packard founders may have both been in his graduating class but just across the freeway from his home turf lay East Palo Alto which in 1992 had the highest murder rate per capita in the country For Franco the terrain of his upbringing is fraught with the complication of a city divided But within that diversity universal aspects of adolescence rise to the surface and those are the subjects at the heart of Franco’s workUltimately this is a portrait of a childhood brightened by California sunshine but with trouble awaiting in the shadows At turns funny dark and emotional the journey of this book delivers an undeniable immediacy And at the end the reader is left wondering just where the line of Franco’s art ends and where his true life beginsMy Review I reviewed Franco's debut collection of short stories Palo Alto last year and gave it some good props I liked Franco's storytelling and I liked the take he brought to being a kid in a place and at a time of great changeBack we go to the same well childhood in Palo Alto for this multimedia experience of being young and beautiful in Paradise Photos photos gawd did this kid have photos taken of him For this many to have made it past his own his editor's and the book designer's critical eyes there must be heaps the size of minor Himalayas in boxes on his mom's garage floor It's no surprise I guess since the aforementioned beauty is much in evidence So what does this memoir offer that a troll through the Googleverse doesn't? Gorgeous production values for one the Chinese have outdone themselves printing this book The four color images are lush to the point of humidity and the black and whites are process printed too This wasn't a slapped together job Thought and care went into making these images ready for the page The author's paintings are to one's taste or not I'm on the lukewarm side but they're very very well presented in design placement separation and printing The choice to use endsheets printed with the author's journaling his handwriting looks exactly like I'd expect it to was wise it sets a tone the rest of the book delivers on; the dustjacket is almost obscene it's so luxurious let me just say Savonarola would reserve a special bonfire for it; but one of the nicest touches and one most buyers won't ever pay attention to is the printed matte coated casewrap It's a detail from one of Franco's paintings It's beautiful The book ua book is sumptuous and delightfulPart I is the photo album esue visual record of growing up slightly off in a world of identities that don't uite fit Smiles and happy faces brothers loved and mothers adored fathers who look like movie stars friends of a kid who is marked out in some weird way and so is better extra Notes and jottings from the middle aged man that kid is now Yeah 35 is middle age sorry Flip through and sigh Open up and study the random image you land on What comes across? What in this medium of optical illusion presenting the highly mediated imagery of a past you can't know is your place in the text? Reader viewer voyeur stalker But you have permissionThen it gets personal in Part II The stories that Franco writes are not stylistically adventurous thank goodness but they aren't wimpy simpy Look Ma I'm A Writer bores They're Sherwood Anderson y pieces about people you know that you know Friend of the Devil should resonate with the under 40s I found it touching and I remember itbut I would I'm the old guy who remembers people on his block by the cars they drive Makes others crazy Oh the orange Rubicon guy She's the RAV4 in the ugly houseThey're stories that is to say explicitly fiction Part I well make up your own mind and I suspect Franco is still making up his Maybe about all of it He's got depth this man and he's got smarts and he's been educated But I still like him I expect one day to run into him at the Strand shopping for something in the biographies If I can work up the nerve beautiful men make me shaky I'll fetch a copy of my soul mate book Islandia and by it and thrust it into his basket Here is probably about as elouent as I'll manage to be Then stump away before I make a fool of myself by blushing or having a stroke or somethingThen I can imagine Franco not throwing it away taking it home bumfuzzled by the weird old guy who dropped a book on himopening it browsing it getting sucked in to its nineteenth century pace and its gorgeously egalitarian Utopiaand thinking maybe old weird guys are just as young as they ever were if they can love like thisI'd make the claim that this is fiction but what isn't nowadays? asks Franco in the IntroductionYes This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License


  2. says:

    This barely even ualifies as a book Scraped together in under two weeks? Seems like itWhat's inside photos of tiny blond Franco with his little brothers mom and dad assorted sketches and paintings from childhood poems about kindergarten first and second grade poems about soccer wrestling and football photos from middle and high school of Franco friends and classmates shirtless photos of teen hottie Franco high school transcript with mediocre grades college application essay handwritten in Franco's messy practically illegible writing various short stories some of which will be redundant if you've already read Palo AltoWhat's missing effort effort effort organization in depth exploration of what it means to have a California childhood the itty bitty blurb of an intro is ineffective Still gets two stars because of cute mom with sons photos and of course topless J Franco


  3. says:

    Painfully pretentious and self indulgent Ashamed to say I bought the book I ended up giving it to some half witted selfie obsessed girl with about just as much creative talent as Franco I should have left a razor blade sorry note in it


  4. says:

    More of a collection of photos and poems than an actual memoir In true Franco fashion it is disjointed and really self indulgent Typically I can handle this from him but this time it was boring


  5. says:

    Impressive of a picture story book than anything


  6. says:

    Freakishly great with a smidge of pre hashing of Palo Alto


  7. says:

    I grew up in the same area my dad went to Paly I like James Franco as an actor so the book was an interesting peek into his creative brain and walk back into my youth and stomping grounds A visual creative memoir introspective of youth spent in a place that is truly overrun with wealthI could relate


  8. says:

    A personal look into James' childhood with lots of photographs paintings poems and stories I rate it low only because of homophobic language used in the short stories Not cool


  9. says:

    I'll be the first to admit that I like James Franco I like some of his movies I like that he acted in Broadway's version of Steinbeck's Mice and Men I like that he narrated one of my favorite books SlaughterHouse Five I liked the job that he did in the HULU series 112263 based on Steven King's book With everything that I like about Franco I felt that his books couldn't be as bad as the reviews suggest No way Obviously his books are being unfairly discriminated against by a gang of internet trolls with a vendetta against FrancoNopeThis book was bad and that's bad meaning bad not bad meaning good Real bad Surprisingly bad In fact the most impressive aspect about this book is the fact that it was actually published The book is a handful of pictures poems and short stories about high school that all read and look like they were created from an uninspired high schooler whose sole mission was to uickly slop together some last minute shit for a high school assignment The second most surprising aspect about the book is the fact that Franco actually wanted the book to bear his name like a scarlet letter for everyone to see insert embarrassed look on man's face after getting out of really cold water wearing Speedos


  10. says:

    Unfortunately the interest uality of the photographs and the stories in this book aren't enough to make one want to finish reading it let alone buy it It's the sort of thing someone would have privately printed distributed perhaps amongst his best friends family to share memories interesting times Are the stories true or not? Who knows; it doesn't matter anywayAmerican movies apart from Rush had already left me with an extremely negative view of that country's high schools glad I never had to attend one Franco's stories of high school life high jinks all tell a uniformly awful tale of horrible people mindlessly stupid activities If you want your prejudices about American kids teens confirmed just read A California Childhood Wish there was something real about Franco's parents especially his mother not just those photographs She looks interesting in them It was the 1970sIf you want a fascinating story of a famous life through photographs there's John Mills Still Memories An Autobiography in Photographs It's fascinating


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