James Franco Co-Wrote A Book About Lana Del Rey, Out March 2016
Since James Franco played beat writer and poet in Allen Ginsburg in 2010’s Howl, he has tried out writing himself, releasing the short stories collection Palo Alto and his debut novel Actors Anonymous. But his latest work as an author — a book about Lana Del Rey — may be his strangest work yet.
Penguin Random House will release Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey on March 15, 2016, though you can pre-order it now for $22.50. Franco co-wrote the book with writer David Shields.
Before you mistake Flip-Side as fanfiction, it is worth noting that the title promises “real” conversations with Del Rey, too. As Stereogum points out, Franco wrote a brief essay about the “Honeymoon” singer for V magazine earlier this year. According to the actor, he actually wanted to interview her for a book (which may or may not be Flip-Side) but she said no.
“Just write around me, it’s better if it’s not my own words,” Del Rey says. “It’s almost better if you don’t get me exactly, but try.”
See the book cover for Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey below.