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New literary journal asks, 'What if we were all James Franco?'

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We should’ve seen this coming. America’s highest-profile English student and most prolific Faulkner adapter is now the namesake of a literary journal. Prepare for The James Franco ReviewBut despite bearing the actor’s name and silhouetted image on its cover, the journal won’t feature articles curated or written by him. Instead, it’s a publication founded on this question: “What if we were all James Franco?” At least, that’s what it’s founder Corinne Manning claims on the Review‘s about page.

The project is essentially devoted to giving everyday writers the visibility they’d have if they were Franco. Manning and her colleagues came upon the idea after seeing Franco’s byline in multiple publications, and realizing they might stand a better chance of getting published if they submitted as the movie star, instead of themselves. A couple degrees of abstraction and poof: The James Franco Review.

“We seek to publish works of prose and poetry as if we were all James Franco, as if our work was already worthy of an editor’s attention,” Manning writes. “All submissions received are submitted as James Franco and are read by a roving cast of guest editors who choose based on their tastes as readers.”

This falls short of parody and definitely isn’t an homage. It’s almost an indictment. [L.A. Times]

Save the date: On April 28, 2015, you’ll be able to read the true story of America’s first Ebola casualty. Thomas Eric Duncan died on Oct. 8 in Dallas after contracting Ebola while in his native Liberia. Now his fiancée, Louise Troh, has signed on with the Weinstein Company and the Perseus Books Group to tell her story. “Louise Troh’s account of Eric’s life and the aftermath of his death will put a human face on an issue that has gripped the entire nation,” David Steinberger, Perseus’ President and CEO, said in a press release. [AP]

Remember when everyone was toting around copies of Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father? Books are one of the best ways for political hopefuls to get across their message with style, coherency, and depth—and now possible presidential candidate Marco Rubio has signed on to release one. Due out Jan. 13, the book will actually be Rubio’s second, after his 2012 memoir. Based off the title, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone promises to provide readers with a bit more partisanship, and maybe some reasons to vote for or against the Florida senator. [L.A. Times]

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