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Reading in Bed with James Franco

October 25, 2011 | by

The other night James Franco curled up with Amie Barrodale’s story “William Wei,” from issue 197. Then he sent us the tape.

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  1. Kristina Holland | October 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    He read that very well…like a poetic dad reading to his kin. He’s surely an artist. I loved Barradole’s story… she’s got a particular charm to her storytelling…

  2. Matthew | October 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

    someone’s been listening to old bill burroughs recordings

  3. sps | October 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    This man is a tad full of himself, no?

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