"“i don’t know anything. & neither do you” claims Frank Ocean’s twitter profile modestly. Such a sentiment fits comfortably with the quiet, observant wisdom of Ocean’s debut album, Channel Orange. Even so, the 24 year old singer/songwriter must have known that publicly discussing a same-sex summer romance would make waves. Posting on his Tumblr, Ocean recounted idyllic days alongside a male friend; ‘[b]y the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless.’
Far short of a declaration that he is ‘gay’, Ocean’s letter dealt with same-sex love without engaging in identity politics."