Nostalgia, California: A short story about Frank Ocean, love, life, Harambe, and the events preceding the release of Frank’s second album, Blonde On Monday, August 1, 2016 Frank Ocean’s website boysdontcry.co begins playing a video-feed of a man woodworking in a warehouse. Later that day The New York Times reports, based on an anonymous source close to Frank, that Frank’s highly anticipated second album Boys Don’t Cry (later renamed Blonde) is scheduled for release that Friday, August 5. The story gets picked up by news sources far and wide—Pitchfork, GQ Magazine, Forbes, The Atlantic, Time. One week and an incredible amount of hype later and the album doesn’t drop. Set in the fictional town of Nostalgia where Frank Ocean’s warehouse-streams are recorded, “Nostalgia, California” paints a picture of the mindset of Frank during this early-August time. Clocking in at just under 7,000 words, “Nostalgia, California” is written with sharp, decisive language, tangible dialogue, vibrant humour, and biting wit. The cast is a myriad off-kilter collection ranging from characters such as Forrest Gump to Harambe the gorilla to an unnamed ex-lover of Frank. This is a story about the pressure of entertaining, the devouring edge of expectation, the splitting strain of love, and the human struggle that unites us all. “Nostalgia, California” is a fun, brave, sincere, and moving trip that reminds the reader of the feats that serious, innovative fiction can achieve. (“Nostalgia, California” is a work of fiction. The author R.M. is in no way affiliated with Frank Ocean, boysdontcry.co, or any other entities or related bodies thereof mentioned in the course of the story.) About the author: Reggie Mills was born in Toronto, Canada in 1993. In 2015 he received his B.Sc. in Genetics, Biochemistry, and Philosophy from the University of Toronto summa cum laude. His short fiction has appeared in the venues Buffalo Almanack, The Impressment Gang, Wolves, and Print-Oriented Bastards, among others. Currently Reggie is a Ph.D. student in organic chemistry at the University of Toronto, where his chronic chemical exposure steadily diminishes his sense of smell.