Would Maynard James Keenan want to write a novel? “Oh god”

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With his bands Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, it’d be hard to argue that Maynard James Keenan hasn’t conquered the music world. Now that he’s exploring the visual medium more deeply with his Puscifer TV project, would Keenan be interested in venturing into the literary realm?

“As far as actually writing a novel? Oh god,” Keenan tells ABC Audio.

Keenan did publish a biography of his life in the 2016 book A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, but most of the actual writing was done by his co-author, Sarah Jensen.

“I didn’t want to just do a straight autobiography,” Keenan says. “I wanted to tell my stories and then have Sarah, an old friend from high school, I wanted to have her reinterpret those conversations into something that felt more like a novel.”

Keenan adds that he’s so used to writing for the express purpose of it becoming a song or an album that he doesn’t know if he could write something not related to music.

“[My writing’s] in response to a set of geometric shapes, three-dimensional audio, right?” Keenan says. “I don’t know that I could just sit down and do that. Although, I do write 12 chapters, 14 chapters, 10 chapters when I’m composing an album.”

So, what if Keenan just played music in the background while writing for a non-musical project?

“I guess I could try that,” Keenan says. “I just haven’t.” 

Perhaps that’ll be Keenan’s New Year’s resolution for 2022. In the meantime, he launches a tour with Tool in January.

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