The new book Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff was written by Sean Penn who is best known for being an actor and an activist. The book is a wild, freaky, satirical commentary on a Trump-like era world. It is funny to some and may be pleasantly frustrating to others, with its flowery language such as a “cadres of cannibals” and “dutiful dragoman.” There are plenty of interesting things to uncover in the book, even when many are somewhat obtuse. This was Penn’s intention.
Penn never shies away from controversy. He frequently mixes his career with politics. In real-life, he made friends with the Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez and met the notorious drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán, nicknamed “El Chapo,” while the drug kingpin was a most-wanted criminal. Readers, who like Penn’s writing style in the book Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, liken the style to cult classic novels such as Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and the novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas written by Hunter S. Thompson.
The hero of Penn’s book is a guy named Bob Honey, who goes on a cross-country road trip during the time of the 2016 presidential campaign and the subsequent election. Penn uses real-life references in the book including North Korea, the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and the disgrace of comedian Louis C.K. along with the Me Too movement.
Penn’s references to the President of the United States are clearly direct slams on President Trump. In the book, he calls the president “The Landlord” and describes him as being “the violently immature seventy-year-old boy-man with money and French vanilla cotton candy hair.”
The story of the Bob Honey character describes him as a middle-aged, secret spy that scares his neighbors with his antisocial behavior. It has him participating in some zany stuff, including having a big party on a yacht anchored in international waters owned by a major drug lord and attending a march for “Yellow Lives Matter” of white guys with blonde hair and blue eyes. The Bob character works for a shadowy government agency with the goal to spend as much money as possible. Sometimes the “stuff” he must do includes being an assassin that kills the elderly using a mallet strike to the head.
The story was previously released as an audiobook in 2016 under the pseudonym of Pappy Pariah. Now a longer written version of the story has been published under the author’s real name of Sean Penn. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is well worth a read.