Sean Penn recently sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about his new book Bob Honey Who just do Stuff. Penn said it was probably a necessary force of sorts – which made him want to write a book. Penn stated that we’re in a sad state in regards to the book industry where fiction is endorsed by opinion, where fiction can’t be just read and enjoyed as is. Penn has comparisons to Terry Southern and Thomas Pynchon on the back of his newest book – It should be noted that none of the comparisons on the book were made by Sean himself and some of the authors he has never read a book written by them. He makes it clear that there is not going to be an inhibition about the way someone would like to tell a story or pandering the way someone thinks the readers might like to have it told. Since he’s been on his book tour – which is a whole new experience for him – he has been trying to find a way around explaining the idea of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.
Penn describes how it is “the quicksand of the climate right now”. When asked were there any events or things that he has experienced before that got him thinking about his new story and about the character he has created, he stated that he worried about everything because there tends to be kind of apocalyptic prediction in everybody’s consciousness, there’s no particular concern for it.
The influence that a writer can have on their audience gives the audience a sense of how the author can have such freedom with words and descriptions, and those two things make the reader want to visualize the authors written freedom with those words and descriptions. Rolling Stone asked Sean, “what does writing fiction offer him that making moves does not?” Such an important question when you a shifting careers. What caused the shift? Was there something missing or did the person need a change in their life period? Sean has written fiction and released it before, but it was similar to a screenplay opposed to a novel. Penn said he was inspired to add more to his life and start writing the correct way.