James Franco is a polarizing figure. A Hollywood heartthrob to some, he's also an artist with tastes that often lead him toward darker, less-than-safe terrain (like his recent collaboration with filmmaker Travis Mathews on the Cruising-inspired film Interior.LeatherBar. or his artistic homage to Psycho in which he dresses as Janet Leigh).
Perhaps that's why it's not so surprising that his "memoir," titled A California Childhood—which is composed of personal snapshots, sketches, paintings, poems, and first-person stories—also includes both a sunny California disposition as well as the inevitable violence, fear, and anxieties of adolescence. "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. He then goes on to remember high school friends who jumped from buildings and remembrances of naughty thoughts.
Now re-released from Insight ($29.99), we have a special treat: A signed edition of the book (that includes a cute little drawing by Franco). We're offering it to our dear readers, all you have to do is share an image of your favorite Franco-file moment on Out's Facebook page or Twitter by Friday, June 21. Make sure to tag it: #FrancOutFile