a series of short fiction generated by Python scripts
Excerpts from the Chronicles of Pookie & JR
I've Died and Gone to Devon
Download the python file to your desktop and unzip. On a Mac or Linux system, you can run the story generator by opening a Terminal Window, typing "cd Desktop", and typing "python filename.py". Hint: look for Terminal in your Utilities folder. These Python story generator runs on Windows, too, but you will probably need to install Python first: version 2.6.5. Once Python is installed you can double click on the file and it will automatically launch and run in the terminal window. Every time you press ENTER a new version of the story will appear.
|Story Generation(s) are a series of short fictions generated by Python scripts adapted (with permission) from two different 1k story generators written by Nick Montfort: http://grandtextauto.org/2008/11/30/three-1k-story-generators/ There are currently three stories in this series: Excerpts from the Chronicles of Pookie & JR, I've Died and Gone to Devon and Auto-Autobiography.
Excerpts from the Chronicles of Pookie & JR documents my adventures with Ingrid Bachmann’s hermit crab Pookie, also known as Pookie 14, during June of 2009. Of Excerpts from the Chronicles of Pookie & JR, Nick Montfort writes:
I've Died and Gone to Devon re-purposes the same Python script as Excerpts from theChronicles of Pookie & JR to tell (and retell) the story of an arrival and first impression of Devon. Most of the sentences in this story were adapted from Twitter posts written during a five-week visit to Devon, August - September, 2009. Here is one example of a story generated byI've Died and Gone to Devon:
I've died and gone to Devon.DOWNLOAD Devon.py
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:DOWNLOAD autobio.py
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