Pin It
Favourite

The Warhol Gang 

Peter Darbyshire (HarperCollins)

This allegory opens with a worker for a “neuromarketing” company. He works under the codename Trotsky. The company measures his brain-wave response to big-brand products. Trotsky stumbles into an anti- consumerist underground led by a guy named Che. Trotsky renames himself Warhol. The resistance comes to believe he leads a fabled faction, the Warhol Gang. Briefly, Trotsky/Warhol becomes the revolutionary hero. Then it falls apart on him. The revolution becomes institutionalized, the new officialdom. If Darbyshire didn’t deliver his symbolism with such heavy-handedness, this could’ve worked; could've woken up more people to how cheaply and blindly (to the intellectual cost) more and more people are creating and communicating from behind symbolic layers, such as screen-names for online commenting.

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Pin It
Favourite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Sean Flinn

Get more Halifax

Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

Coast Top Ten

© 2021 Coast Publishing Ltd.