James Franco Reveals Why He Loves Grad School, and It’s Kind of Disappointing


When James Franco started to chronically enroll in grad school programs from MFA to PhD, at schools like Columbia, New York University, Yale, Brooklyn College, Warren Wilson College, and Rhode Island School of Design, I was hoping, half-ironically, that his maniacal approach to the joy of learning — which began in 2008 or so, when the financial crisis was ruining the job prospects of the young, so it felt like Franco was mocking us with his schooling — was the greatest performance-art hack of all: exposing the emptiness of higher education’s bubble, how money and fame can trump ability when it comes to the chance to learn.

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