And he’s clever too!

BATD ON Jun 24, 2009 AT 2:29 pm

James Franco

James Franco

James Franco is not only gorgeous but he has literary cred too. A grad student at both Columbia and NYU, he will help launch the summer Travel issue of Lapham’s Quarterly tonight at the Hungarian Cultural Center by reading, along with poet Frank Bidart, from works by the likes of Marcel Proust, Elizabeth Bishop, Marco Polo and Homer.

 The magazine’s assistant editor, Jeannie Vanasco, told Page Six, “I met James through the brilliant writer Matthew Specktor…I threw out the idea of James recording passages of Lapham’s Quarterly for us to post on our Web site. We met up at Columbia’s radio station, where he spent an hour recording passages by Jack Kerouac, Leo Tolstoy and Benjamin Franklin, and another hour talking about poets only poets know of — Eleanor Wilner, for example. I then threw out the idea of him reading at our next salon…James is a genuine guy, doing all this because of a real love for literature.”

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