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In my professional lifetime, the rigid old walls between high art and popular culture have crumbled, to the grim triumphalist satisfaction or aggrieved horror of those on either side of the divide.
But the wall lives! The New York Post's Page Six (which for those of you lamentably detached from the Post's own brand of popular culture is a gossip sheet that never appears on page 6) had an item the other day about girls clustering around the classroom doors at Columbia University in the hopes of waylaying the actor James Franco, who is attempting to obtain an MFA in writing, whether at the School of Journalism or in the English Department I know not.
When quizzed by the Post, "a Columbia rep" declined to provide any information about the situation or whether the school was "posting extra security outside his classes." Quoth the rep: "We don't comment on matters of pop culture."
Not "on student affairs" or "on obvious plants by actors' public-relations hustlers" or "on nosy inquiries from sensation-mongers." No, pop culture gets whacked once again by academic elitists. The shame.