J A Lee writes code that writes prose that he edits. He applies his experience in video games to a software toolkit that deconstructs narratives from popular culture and then helps to reconstruct them into something more exotic. The resulting books are a glimpse into a world of seduction and authenticity where identity theft and hacking lurk in the shadows. Donald Trump emerges as a Gothic self-help warlord. Madonna sets her life out like a course for managing anxiety and self-branding.
Late 2018 will see the release of ‘Scissors and Glue: Cut-up and Collage From Dada to Fake News.’ The book will explore how Surrealism, the OuLiPo group, William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, and pop art invented through reinvention.
The lack of a Madonna autobiography opens up a tantalising gap for technology to fill. The Madonna you’ll find here is an AI-spliced chimera. The introductory chapter alludes to her early life, her career, and her motivations. The sample chapters that follow are chronological accounts that meander seamlessly between what’s unmistakably her and what could be her in an alternative reality.