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« Auto-Autobiography adapts a different Python story generator script by Montfort to generate a quasi-autobiographical story by segments. This script chooses sentences from pools of stock autobiographical statements: "I was born…" I come from…" "In retrospect…" This format was suggested to me by a passage from Anne-Marie MacDonald's novel, As The Crow Flies:
"If you move around all your life, you can't find where you come from on a map. All those places where you lived are just that: places. You don't come from any of them; you come from a series of events. And those are mapped in memory. Contingent, precarious events, without the counterpane of place to muffle the knowledge of how unlikely we are. Almost not born at every turn. Without a place, events slow-tumbling through time become your roots. Stories shading into one another. You come from a plane crash. From a war that brought your parents together." Anne-Marie MacDonald, As The Crow Flies, Toronto: Knopf, 2003, page 36.
The notion of autobiographical veracity is undermined in Auto-Autobiography, by leaving key gender signifiers such as Mother/Father to computational chance.
Here is one example of a story generated by Auto-Autobiography:
Here is my story:
I was born in wedlock - for some reason, this surprises me.
I come from a war that brought my parents together.
My mother had a long memory and a short fuse.
I live in a wonderful house.
I work hard at not having to work too hard.
I wish I'd said that differently.
My best friend kept insisting I learn to play guitar.
In retrospect, she read way too many Russian novels.
I love it when we lie in bed plotting the downfall of our enemies.
Next year, let's forget every single thing we learned this year.
In future, we will know many beginnings and no ends. »
« Auto-Autobiography produit de faux récits autobiographiques intimistes, imitant les mécanismes de la mémoire. »