Sean Penn is most well known for his work in film. He’s worked as an actor, a screenwriter, and a director in the film industry. Most film goers have seen at least one of his contributions to the film industry. In a shocking turn the actor/director/screenwriter decided to try something else in the story telling realm by writing a novel. Penn’s first foray as a novelist is a satirical dystopian novel titled Bob Hone Who Just Do Stuff. The novel delves into recent events in American government and the current culture in a darkly humorous way.
The book Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff skewers president Trump, has commentary about the #metoo movement, creates a dark twist on Americans working more than one job, the mass shootings get a mention, and there is disdainful commentary toward social media. The book is a hodgepodge of current news events warped into a narrative spun by Bob Honey from the point of view of Pappy Pariah. Bob Honey and Pappy Pariah cross paths, and Bob Honey tells his tale to him. Bob Honey is a middle aged American who has lived his life in a simple little place called Woodview, California. He’s divorced and his wife has married her divorce lawyer. Since his divorce he has become very antisocial and disliked by his neighbors. Bob has spent his life selling septic tank systems. He takes on a disturbing part-time job to make ends meet as a government assassin. He is ordered by the government to take out members of society who are seen as a drain on resources. Mainly his targets are elderly Americans. Bob Honey dislikes social media and the constant flow of excessive news coverage. Despite his disdain for social media, Bob Honey ends up disturbingly tweeting messages at the president that Trump doesn’t need an impeachment. He needs an intervention and the American people need an assassin.
The novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is a commentary on modern times according to Sean Penn. The novel is a bit of a combination of the novel American Psycho and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It’s similarities to American Psycho are in the fact that it is a twisted commentary on the modern day and age of the Wall Street boom in the 1980s. American Psycho can be viewed as a horror novel or as a symbolic representation of capitalism and consumerism and how things that are not good enough on the surface are disposable. The novel is similar to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in the sense of it being chaotic but also a commentary on Hunter S. Thompson’s views on the failures of the 1960s counter culture.
Sean Penn is currently on tour for the novel. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is available from most booksellers.