If there was one thing Franco-philes were hoping for on Inauguration Day in January, it was that James might wax some verse on Obama's newly-minted second term in office. And boy did he deliver! Franco wrote a poem, Obama in Asheville, which dropped more names than it did truths, and it went viral. With stanzas like this, how could it not?

On the phone once, Cormac McCarthy lamented

The two added wings and the spa, and marveled

At the original structure, They pulled the stones

From the mountains and brought them down on mules.


I wrote my friend Frank about what I could do, but he was unresponsive.

I went to class and then the little burrito place where they know me,

And finally at night I got Frank's email on my phone and pulled over

On the side of Warren Wilson Road, past the school barn with the WWC --