James Franco puts another doctoral notch in his degree belt

At University of Houston for creative writing? Why not? We pick five more universities where the actor would excel

By Drew Grant

Published April 25, 2011 6:05PM (EDT)

MFA: More Franco Art?
MFA: More Franco Art?

James Franco is getting another degree in creative writing. What are you going to do about it? Just because there is no legitimate way to tell how many degrees Franco currently has doesn't mean he shouldn't try to get more!

I mean, it's not like he has a book or anything. Or is getting a doctorate at Yale. Or has a creative writing MFA from Columbia University already. Or is taking classes at RISD. Or Skyping into a class that he is not teaching about editing videos of himself. Or teaching an NYU poetry class, where he'll be enrolling for another MFA this fall. (You only need one link for all this B.S., lucky you.)

From Huffington Post:

James Franco has won a spot in a University of Houston creative writing program.

The university confirms that the actor nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for best actor in “127 Hours” has been accepted for the school’s doctoral program in literature and creative writing. Creative writing program director James Kastely tells the Houston Chronicle that Franco plans to enroll in September 2012.

Houston? Why Houston? Probably to prove that in addition to everything else, Franco can physically be in three places at once. Also that he has terrible taste. Has he ever been to Houston? Think about what that kind of humidity would do to his hair!

But in case Franco is worried about not having enough degrees to be considered a complete fraud, I've found a couple more programs for him to enlist in.

Bryn Mawr's MFA in Creative Writing

Why it's perfect for Franco: In order to get in to the women's liberal arts college, he'll have to dress in drag and convince his beautiful roommate that he's indeed a woman and not in love with her. This plot will win him a 2012 Oscar for Best Life-cum-Film.

Southern New Hampshire University Online Master of Fine Arts -- Fiction

Why it's perfect for Franco: It will take Franco at least two years to realize that Southern New Hampshire isn't a state. Unless it's a state of mind? Discuss.

University of Baltimore MFA -- Creative Writing & Publishing Arts

Why it's perfect for Franco: Sending pretty boy Franco to the city that gave birth to "The Wire" seems like a great practical joke until he is cast in John Waters' latest feature, making him, in the words of Vanity Fair's September cover, "The New Divine."

Bennington College MFA in Writing and Literature -- Writing Seminars

Why it's perfect for Franco: Sending Franco to the same school where Bret Easton Ellis and Betty Ford earned their degrees? What could go wrong?

Columbia University MFA -- Creative Writing

Why it's perfect for Franco: One creative writing MFA from Columbia University isn't cool. You know what's cool? A billion creative writing MFAs from Columbia University.

Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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