Sean Penn has made some headlines recently. First off he has essentially retired from acting. The writer, actor, producer, director, war correspondent, and interviewer has spent decades in front of the camera. His illustrious career garnering him two Oscars for Best Actor. Citing an overall loss of passion, Penn has stated in a number of interviews that he is retired. Secondly, he has released a new novel titled, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. According to Penn he enjoys writing more than acting, and plans to write more novels in the coming years. Many furrow their brow at Penn’s apparent career switch, but then again he is not the first celebrity to change vocations. Finally, his new book makes some controversial statements that have stirred people up. Mostly this has to do with an epilogue at the end of the novel that attacks the #MeToo movement. Whatever the case, Penn’s new book is creating waves, and may just be the beginning of a successful career.
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A typical satire, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” comments on many current tropes within our society. The story follows a septic tank salesman named Bob Honey, who also happens to be a contract killer for the U.S. government. He follows orders directed by a president, whom many assume is a satirical version of Trump. Besides commenting on politics, the book also focuses on culture’s obsession with branding, current issues, and finally the #MeToo movement. The latter done so at the end of the book in a poem that likens the movement to a tirade of toddlers. Penn has stated that the book is not an opinion piece, and that readers are charged with taking away from it what meanings they garner. Critics both laud and slam the novel, and numerous celebrities have also offered their congratulations and condolences. Penn, who is currently on a tour promoting the book, could not be happier. He is enjoying the challenge and the chance to have unhindered creativity. Bob Honey is the first of many books, as Penn states he has more in the works.