29 May 2012

Coca Cola Anarchist

Coca Cola Anarchist by B Wardlaw, 2010

Mammon Review:

Born with a silver spoon, B Wardlaw, whose investor grandfather birthed a fortune helping Atlanta banker Ernest Woodruff take Coke public in 1919, was raised in Atlanta in an idyllic Southern countryside with room to roam and black servants that he grew to love as family. B came of age during the 1950s where the Southern social order was very stratified and structured, especially amongst the privileged. B embodies the rise of the Beat generation, rejecting class privilege through social activism and poetry, challenging social norms through the Vietnam and Reagan eras and the present, and grappling with the privilege to be rebellious against a system from which this privilege is derived and perpetuated. The pie incident was brilliant, and his homeless advocacy is admirable. An insightful book on many levels.

I met B once at his daughter’s [J] house party. With a badass attitude and a sharp tongue to match, J definitely carries the Wardlaw torch, burn baby burn.

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