By turns tender and terrifying, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff captures America on the verge of political upheaval in 2016 and introduces us to a man who just might be able to save us from the oncoming horror. Yes, Bob Honey - carnival carny, sewage specialist, and government operative, among other occupations - has spent years in preparation, crisscrossing the world in the employ of a mysterious government program that pays in small bills. He stopped in New Orleans to help Katrina victims; traveled to Baghdad, Beirut, South Sudan, and elsewhere on sewage emergencies; and submerged himself in the Pacific Ocean in search of sea life - all while living out of a quiet house on a residential street in Woodview, California, where he sometimes disturbs the neighbors with the sound of his lawn mower.
Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff marks the debut of a dazzling literary talent. With comic bravado and an urgent agenda, Pappy Pariah has created a haunting, hilarious vision of an American middle-aged man with a mission - a loner struggling to find truth amid the chaos of a political campaign that threatens to destroy the values of the country he loves.
Bringing Pariah's revelatory prose to life is actor, director, and filmmaker Sean Penn (Mystic River, Milk, Dead Man Walking), whose knack for choosing nuanced roles and delivering emotionally rich character studies finds an apt bedfellow in Bob Honey. Penn's distinct voice - here, an expertly crafted tightrope walk between oddball jocularity and grave prophecy - perfectly captures the caustic truth telling of Pariah's message. With brazen and unabashed affection for Pariah's hero, Penn takes the story of Bob Honey to dizzying new heights.
About the author: Pappy Pariah was disputably born in Summerton Feathers, Iowa, in the year of our Lord 1960. He has written voluminous travelogues and articles under a pseudonym for many mainstream American press outlets. At the age of 13, his appendix exploded while he was playing flag football, and it was during treatment for extreme peritonitis that he was first driven to put pen to paper. This is his first work of fiction.
"Not since Vonnegut have I had this feeling, but after reading this brief, almost literally up-to-the-minute fever dream of a novel I found myself haunted, almost hounded, into reading it again. Or maybe I'm just seeing Donald Trump everywhere these days. Also, I love gorgeous sentences, and this has many of those." (Bill Maher)
"...I assume it's an allegory...not sure of WHAT!" (Jon Stewart)
"Bob Honey is the absurd embodiment of the high-octane American entrepreneur turned global menace. Everything he does in the name of personal success is wrong minded. He is brethren to Terry Southern's Guy Grand and William S. Burroughs' Dr. Benway. Honey is a full-bore gladiator for profit whose eyes tell lies and he doesn't care." (Douglas Brinkley, author, professor of history, Rice University)
"I met Pappy Pariah on a dirt airfield outside Aleppo in 2012. He claimed he operated a fixed-wing shuttle outfit in Istanbul and that he'd taken a wrong turn. From what I've seen, he should not only be restricted from piloting his own aircraft, but added to several nations' NO-FLY lists. He's been everything he shouldn't have been. Some say he's the Zelig-like barstool philosopher for this f---ed up age. If so, the prognosis is dire." (Michael Weiss, author, ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror)
"Stunning poetic runs, crazy and chaotic. It's a Clockwork Orange world on Adderall. When I finished it, I immediately hugged my dog." (Art Linson, film producer, author, What Just Happened)
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I don't get it...I just don't get it...
Rarely do I rate a book lower than three stars. Normally, there is some redeeming quality about the book that makes an author's work tolerable. However, this book is just terrible, well written mess. There are those who will celebrate this as the pinnacle of 21st century literature, I'm sure. When they do, I hope they include Cliff Notes so I can finally understand this garbled literary mess.
Just friggin weird man...