Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, Sean Penn’s debut novel does a whole lot of stuff as it bites into a good chunk of problems and social issues as seen through the eyes by Bob Honey, a septic tank salesman, and part-time government assassin. Penn’s book composed by dictation is made up of poetry, rants, and stories about Bob Honey. As Bob Honey responds to the things going on in his world, we can sort of see Penn’s frustrated point of view as he addresses issues such as disaster cleanup and humanitarianism, #MeToo, environmental responsibility, and bullying.
Interestingly in Penn’s novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is a contract assassin and his targets are elderly people who overuse resources. Once they get to a certain point the government marks them for death and Bob Honey goes in and does away with them with his mallet. The elderly people are metaphors for industries that use too many resources and eliminating them is necessary for the survival of the society at large. Though Bob Honey might seem quite dark in his side gig as an assassin, he vibrantly mirrors the humanitarianism efforts of the author when he travels to Iraq to see the damage after the war ends. Honey also goes in at the drop of a hat to help with the relief work following a devastating hurricane in the US. Bob Honey shows what he is passionate about with his humanitarian efforts and has a pro-left sided political stance but then seems to vent his frustration with the #MeToo Movement. Bob Honey addresses the movement with a series of questions as he asks what happened to due process, and if the whole thing is a toddlers’ crusade that reduces rape to reckless child’s play with accusation impunity. While Penn is in support of female empowerment and believes that workplace harassment should not be tolerated, he is clearly critical of a movement that promotes the swift smacking hand of an internet jury instead of due practice.
Among quite a few other issues and problems such as #MeToo, environmental responsibility, and humanitarianism in Bob Honey’s America, the character also confronts bullying done by the cotton candy haired landlord. The cotton candy haired landlord is President Trump, and Bob Honey confronts him by challenging him to a Twitter duel. Besides the invitation to a Twitter duel for the landlord, the epilogue takes a look at the 2016 presidential campaign as Bob Honey describes the landlord being dwarfed by a million women on the day of his inauguration. There is so much to be observed in Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff such as powerful prose, uncommon descriptive words, actual events are seen from the perspective of Bob Honey with his own anger and criticism, familiar sounding groups such as Yellow Lives Matter and a character named Fletcher based on El Chapo just to name a few things.