In January, James Franco penned an ode to his friend and muse Lana Del Rey, concluding his V Magazine tribute on the singer by writing, “I needed to interview Lana for any book and she or he said, ‘Just write around me; it’s better if it’s not my personal words. It’s almost better if you can’t get me exactly, but try.'” That suggestion became an actual book as Franco revealed the actor has co-written Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations With Lana Del Rey. The 100-page book will likely be released March 15th, 2016 via Penguin Random House.
Franco co-write Flip-Side with New York Times bestsellers list author David Shields, who previously teamed with Franco on the film adaptation of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, which had been directed by Franco and co-written by Shields and Caleb Powell. Franco have also been Shields’ student as the actor pursued his creative writing MFA from the Warren Wilson Program, Washington.edu reported in December 2013.
In that initial V tribute to Del Rey, Franco first agreed while using criticism the singer faced after her tumultuous Saturday Night Live performance but, once you have to know her, became enamored with your ex music.
“Lana has grown to be my friend. She is a musician that’s a poet and also a video artist. She were raised on the East Coast but she actually is an artist in the West Coast,” Franco wrote. “When I watch her stuff, when I focus on her stuff, I am reminded of all things I love about Los Angeles. I am sucked right into a long gallery of Los Angeles cult figurines, and cult people, up through the night like vampires and bikers. The only difference between Lana and me is her haunting voice. That carries everything. The voice will be the central axle around that this spokes of the things else extend.”