Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sean Penn

In the last few weeks, I've found "Sean Penn" used twice as a metaphor for manic behaviour: in Douglas Coupland's new novel Generation A and Lorrie Moore's story "What You Want to do Fine". This is remarkable because a) didn't Sean Penn stop self-destructing in about 1989? funny that this remains a touchstone, and b) if I've found two, there must be more. I will be on the lookout from here on in. Perhaps he really could end up with his picture in the dictionary under "crazy".