Actor James Franco visited Hopkins Friday afternoon to introduce a film he made about the modernist American poet Hart Crane and participate in a question and answer session with Hopkins professor and noted Hart Crane scholar, John Irwin.
My colleague, Jess Blumberg, and I attended, and I wanted to jot down my impressions of the event before it recedes too far into memory. Jess will present her take on things in the April issue's "Charm City Chatter" column—so be on the look out for that!
We filed into Shriver Hall, which was packed with students (predominantly girls), past tables out front promoting professor Irwin's new book on Crane, Hart Crane's Poetry: "Appollinaire lived in Paris, I live in Cleveland, Ohio".
Professor Irwin didn't seem at all irked to have to share the stage with a 30-something actor,...