by Shelton Bumgarner
I have written some before about how difficult it is for pop culture to process the Trump Era. I’m trying to do my part to help the cause by writing a novel that is meant to be an allegory about the Trump Era designed as a political thriller.
I’m of the feeling that at some point in the next two years the dam will burst. I think there’s a chance that a lot of Trump-influenced pop art is simply in development now. As such, they are all likely to come out at the same time.
One problem about the Trump Era as someone trying to explain it in pop art is you don’t know what the context of it all will be whenever your movie, novel or what have you actually comes out. So, I suspect that has been a head wind for a lot of projects that might otherwise come out.
I’m a nobody, so I’m simply throwing myself at the problem, damn where things may be when I finish the novel. Really, all I care about is telling a great story. If I manage to sneak in a rant against systemic problems of the Trump Era, all the better.
All this does make you think that some movies from the past should be rebooted. I would suggest Being There, for starters. If ever there was a tale that could be redone to fit the modern era, that’s it. You would have to turn Chauncey Gardner into a deranged psychopath, but the general premise could be used.
I don’t know. I need to shut up and keep working on the novel.