Sean Penn has always had a very distinct look at America, world politics and culture. His new book, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”, is a new insight into his mind and what’s going on. Although it is fictional it rings true at it’s core to what is going on in the world today.
It started as an audio book that turned into a printed book. Penn went this direction first because he just isn’t familiar with publishing. Time constraints to get the book out before election was one concern. Penn then decided to go through Audible with a partial version to get it out there.
Penn says as he is getting older he is not concerned as much about writing for a certain narrative approval. Writing how he feels, regardless of sentiment, gives him liberty to just let go and speak his mind.
Wishing he had done it sooner after finding out all the technical editorial and publishing things that need to be done, he will, in the future, account for that if he does another book.
Bob, the main character in the book, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, Penn finds that he empathizes with him but doesn’t necessarily sympathize with him. It’s more of an observation at a fictional character that is trying to evolve in a tumultuous society.
Penn emphasizes that this read is more about the culture in the country as opposed to the leadership. There is a part in the Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff where Bob writes a letter to the “Landlord”, that doesn’t refer to our current leadership, but pertains to the said culture at its core.
Penn has stated that “America is a complex place that is doing all it can to be without any complexity at all.” Like having a neurosis, from an objective standpoint of our culture, we try to see things so simple, looking for simple solutions when in reality the entanglement of our cultural ecosystem is getting more and more obscure and perplexing.
Penn in the end has a peace in his writing that amuses him. It is a way for him to examine his thoughts on a different plain. Definitely an intriguing book worth the read.
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