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James Franco wrote a creepy short story about spending the night with Lindsay Lohan

Welcome to another exciting edition of James Franco's Name-Droppers, in which James Franco weaves minor anecdotes about famous people he knows into something superficially resembling a story. This week's installment: "Bungalow 89," in which Franco squeezes anecdotes about Leo DiCaprio, Gus Van Sant, and Keanu Reeves into a story that otherwise reads like an Intro to Philosophy paper.

But the most memorable moment of "Bungalow 89" comes when Lindsay Lohan shows up at Franco's titular Chateau Marmont bungalow in her pajamas. James Franco isn't interested in sex, insists James Franco. Instead, he invites her to listen while he reads a few of J.D. Salinger's short stories aloud. Later, she falls asleep, and James Franco stops thinking about James Franco long enough to think about Lindsay Lohan:

I ran my fingers through her hair and thought about this girl sleeping on my chest, our fictional Hollywood girl, Lindsay. What will she do? I hope she gets better. You see, she is famous. She was famous because she was a talented child actress, and now she's famous because she gets into trouble. She is damaged. For a while, after her high hellion days, she couldn't get work because she couldn't get insured. They thought she would run off the sets to party. Her career suffered, and she started getting arrested (stealing, DUIs, car accidents, other things). But the arrests, even as they added up, were never going to be an emotional bottom for her, because she got just as much attention for them as she used to get for her film performances. She would get money offers for her jailhouse memoirs, crazy offers. So how would she ever stop the craziness when the response to her work and the response to her life had converged into one? Two kinds of performance, in film and in life, had melted into one. [Vice]

If you're not Francoed out yet, you can read the rest of "Bungalow 89" at Vice.