Sean Penn’s Latest Role: Novelist
By LARB AV – March 30, 2018
At the top of the show, Sean Penn reflects on how his just-released first novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, had its roots in his effort to intervene in the 2016 presidential election. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of a celebrity who truly rejects celebrity culture, a person of conscience, a restless creative imagination, rooted in the American rebel tradition, hell-bent on the next inspired, giddy, revealing turn-of-phrase. Co-hosts Eric Newman and Kate Wolf don’t shy away from the obvious and vexing question: why would an A-list Hollywood actor, director, and screenwriter, sure to get any project green lit, choose the written word? So after Trump’s victory, Penn continued with Bob Honey to investigate the ways in which we’re all complicit in this catastrophic outcome, and what better mode to take all that on than a Pynchonesque, Foster Wallace-inspired antic tale, an absurdist/realist fiction.