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Sean Penn’s literary debut earlier this year has had reviewers and readers alike scratching their heads about how exactly to receive it. Bob Honey Who Just do Stuff is the tale of one Bob Honey, a reclusive divorcee who works in waste management in suburban California while also operating as a secret agent tasked with assassinating the elderly. Through the one-hundred-sixty-page book, Bob Honey has the opportunity to interact with and comment on Penn’s version of modern America—from partying with an El Chapo stand-in aboard the drug dealer’s yacht, to writing a scathing letter to “Mr. Landlord,” the president of the United States.

 

For the USA Today, Penn’s stylistic choices overshadow the story of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff; both his “addiction to alliteration” and his verbosity are hurdles they see getting in the way of some readers getting through his tale. Entertainment Weekly labels Penn’s prose as “sticky and overwrought.” Moreover, both sources find that it can be difficult to separate Bob Honey from the writer himself, especially given what the sources see as a thin layer of satire pervading the tale. Both are Baby Boomers and the USA Today sees the novel as Penn’s “loud, angry, absurdist response to the state of the world.”

Bob’s letter to “Mr. Landlord” works toward emasculating the president and references various real-world situations in the effort. The epilogue consists of a poem that touches on various current issues: the shooting in Las Vegas, the #MeToo movement, and the tension between the U.S. and North Korea. The poem criticizes the nature of the movement as “infantilizing” and “reckless,” and touches on a topic that is personal to Penn. Both Madonna and Lee Daniels accused Penn of assault during their marriages, though both recanted their accusations.

 

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff touches on controversial and heated topics and has thus split readers about how to interpret it and on how it reflects on Penn himself. But Penn had expected this: “Some people, I think, will really enjoy it, others will loathe it. And… and that really is what I’d like to say about me, you know?”

Jacob Gottlieb is the Chief Investment Officer of Visium Asset Management which is a healthcare hedge fund until the year 2016 when a scandal erupted, but he survived that wave and continued serving in the same position. The fact that he was found innocent while the rest of his workmates went down speaks volumes about him as an honest and disciplined as well as dedicated person in his work. Before that position, he was a partner at Balysany Asset Management and before that he served as an investment portfolio manager at Merlin Financial. In that case, his history is abundant in the field of investment which he seems to take an interest in undoubtedly. He developed an interest in the area of investment at a young age and in seventh grade, he won a stock assortment competition in school. He attended the Brown University where he acquired a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Doctor of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Additionally, he completed his internal medicine internship at St. Vincent hospital. Having ventured into both the fields of medicine and finances, Jacob Gottlieb finds them similar in that those involved take a lot of risks to achieving their objectives and that has made him successful in his endeavors.

Beyond work, Jacob Gottlieb takes interest in giving back to the community and he therefore plays a crucial role in the Covenant House which is an international organization that helps and protects children. He contributes towards the services offered by the organization which include health care, education, drug abuse treatment and prevention as well as legal services. Being a privately funded agency, it means that Jacob Gottlieb contributes largely financially individually to keep it running. Surprisingly, he as well takes interest in baseball as a sport and he has at some point traded baseball cards which is also a pathway for his discovery of investing. Additionally, he was courageous enough to sell beverages to golfers using a wheel cart which depicts his resilience in achieving his set goals in the entrepreneurial world. Right from the word go, Jacob Gottlieb knew what he wanted to do in his life which is evident with when he left Sanford C. Bernstein & Co to pursue his career as a healthcare portfolio manager. By so doing, he took a risk but was confident that it was going to work out for him and his plans.