This Spring, Sean Penn released his new book “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” which is by some descriptions, an absurd and hard to describe book with no formal plot structure. Penn sat down with Trevor Noah and Vogue Magazine to discuss the book. He told Noah that it is meant to talk about the “dark side of human nature” and how humans can easily fall into fascist fascinations. The book is about Bob Honey, an angry American, who is divorced and doesn’t seem to be satisfied with his life. He has an interesting side job, he goes on mallet wielding sprees, killing older citizens because he thinks that they are holding back society. This odd support for “progress” seems to keep Bob going in life.
Penn told Vogue that the book seems to exist on a parallel plane to the #METOO movement, and this seems accurate. Bob witnesses the 2016 Presidential election, he also witnesses the cop killings in Dallas, and later even writes an angry letter to the president of the U.S., telling him that he is not fit to be president. Penn told Noah that Bob is supposed to represent the desire that many Americans have to serve their country, even if they have to purpose or cause to do so. This is an interesting look at why Bob may believe he is serving his country by killing off these older citizens.
Other than just discussing the book, Penn discusses the other things that have happened in the last couple years that may have led him to write this book. He talks about his anger towards President Trump’s comments on Haiti. He also talks about his unlikely friendship with the late Hugo Chavez, brushing on the current issues in Venezuela. Penn ends by critiquing the war on drugs, and how its impact has been anything but successful. He mentions that interviewing El Chapo was crucial in trying to understand the bad side of the war. Generally, it seems that Penn released an interesting book that America may need right now.