If you've a spare twenty minutes or so (and the inclination) take a look at Sean Penn's rambling account of his meeting with (then) fugitive Mexican drug lord "Chapo" Guzman. Its interesting on a number of levels. But not necessarily for the quality of Sean Penn's journalistic work. The first observation I had was that there was remarkably little actual interviewing going on. Penn's limited Spanish ("hola" and "adios") certainly played a part. Guzman made a number of statements, claiming that he turned to narcotics because there was no other means of earning a living. But beyond that, nothing groundbreaking. Sean Penn himself is something of a polarizing figure. The guy who rose to fame as Jeff Spicoli now fancies himself as something of an outlaw journalist, but without the writing chops of Hunter S. Thompson. His prose is that of an intelligent man; with stylist ambitions slightly out of reach of his abilities. He uses the word "brume" to describe the aftereffects of a bout of flatulence. A pretentious word that (I presume) was not technically accurate. He mentions twice the expensive wristwatches sported by Guzman's sons - but manages to omit the sort of detail that brings the story to life: Were they diamond-studded; chunky gold Rolexes? Or were they slender haute complication masterpieces of the watchmakers art. We already know the Guzmans are rich - but are they gaudy buffoons; or second-generation men aspiring to a life of style and taste? Penn never went to college and it shows. He's obviously literate; but you get the feeling he's never written anything and had an editor hand it back to him with a note telling him to try harder. Which brings us to Rolling Stone. Obviously this interview was a big "get" for them. But in the aftermath of the false Virginia gang-rape story; you'd think that they'd think twice about their journalistic reputation and giving any interview subject approval over one of their stories. And quite frankly, Penn's rambling copy could have easily been cut by half or more. Still an interesting read.