February 7, 2013


Frank Ocean Is Writing the Great American Novel

Tim Mosenfelder
Tim Mosenfelder

Frank Ocean doesn't waste time. Just last December, he told the Guardian he was considering writing a book. And now, less than two months later, the Grammy-nominated singer told the New York Times he's already "started writing" it.

Now before you roll your eyes at the idea of yet another celebrity cashing-in on an easily sold, easily forgotten memoir, you should know that Ocean isn't going the autobiographical route. Well, at least not too explicitly. "It’s fiction," Ocean told the Times, "And it’s about brothers. That’s all I’m going to say.” [FYI, Ocean does have a younger brother, so it may be partially autobiographical.]

For fans of Ocean's arresting, personal lyrics, this is great news. So why is he so reticent to talk more about the project? Well, maybe it's because he just started the endeavor and he hasn't hashed out any additional details. Or perhaps it's because he just doesn't like telling things to reporters: “All in all, I just don’t trust journalists," Ocean told the Times writer. "I don’t think it’s a good practice for me to trust journalists.”

Regardless of Ocean's feelings about journalists, we're super stoked about the idea of a Frank Ocean-penned tome coming out. Especially if he calls it The Old Man and the Ocean.