so i finally broke down and read "just before the black" (which you can do HERE if you have the inclination and nothing remotely worthwhile to do with your time).
and though the much-ballyhooed 266 word sentence has gotten much press attention and gives us my new favorite catch-phrase ("why the fuck did you do that, manuel?"), i'd have to say my favorite line was this:
"Joe and I sit and stare at the wall of the building. The building is beige, but the shadows make it shadow-color."
because really, dear james franco, surely at least one person in any one of the four graduate programs in which you are simultaneously enrolled suggested there might be a more apt descriptor for shadows than "shadow-color." otherwise, i do not think you're getting your money's worth.