We don’t experience memory in linear fashion, nor even in a strictly coherent one. It’s peppered with tangents and strange loops. It’s multithreaded. It’s not always made up of words. Why should a memoir strive to strip memory completely of this context?
ally is an ergodic, arborescent, semiautobiographical work about identity, mental health, spirituality, and the mutability of the past. A lot of the information contained within is real, some of it isn’t. Each page is structured as a conversation between myself and my ally, a mirror reflection of myself.
Based off the interactive project at ally.id, this book explores different facets of my life — some true, some embellished, some wholly fictitious — in a non-linear, ergodic fashion, using color, page-layout, and mixed-media to create a book more experience than memoir.
You are cordially invited to attend an online launch party on June 1st.
You can also pre-order the PDF ebook. I have yet to figure out how to sign those. Sorry.
Several sections focus on suicide, self-harm, rape, sexual content, and poor mental health.
“Cleareyed yet powerfully immediate … A fresh, daring exploration of lived experience.”
“I felt I was chasing down fractions of the author’s soul. Chasing them not because I got this to read and review, but because I deeply wanted to. So I could put them together and solve an ultimate puzzle whose picture would contain some incomprehensible beauty.”
Have you been at your Maddy-est about it?