The New York Times has published a fantastic feature on Frank Ocean that details a number of interesting topics from both his music career and life. There are tidbits about how he got his start as a songwriter and musician, his fondness for BMWs, a dinner at his managers’ home, and much more. He also opens up about that book he said he’s writing.
You can read that portion of the article below. Read the full story at The New York Times.
“I’ve started writing the book,” he told me. “You can say that. It’s fiction, and it’s about brothers. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Whatever the book ends up being about, Ocean’s music is full of suffering, and there are any number of artists who define themselves that way. “I hope not to define myself by suffering,” he told me. He repeated a few times that his Tumblr post had “cured” his depression, that he was finally over the relationship and that he was happy now.
“I don’t worry about where [the inspiration] will come from,” he said. “I think even with that cured, there’s still so much to pull from.” He didn’t think of the pain that he went through as a gift, he said. “I know people like to say that. You know, ‘It’s a gift and a curse.’ It’s not a gift. I don’t believe that. I believe it’s just pain. The gift would be the gift whether I went through it or not. We’d just be having a different conversation.”