And Every Day Was Overcast – an illustrated novel
“The space center’s proximity to my backyard came to signify an intersection between heaven and hell. Florida was somewhere between the two; it was America’s phantom limb, a place where spaceships were catapulted out into the cosmos. Alligators emerged from brackish water. Vultures and hawks circled above. Mosquitoes patrolled the atmosphere at eye level. We shared an ocean with sharks and dolphins. There were no seasons, only variations of humidity. Time slithered, festering in a damp wake of recollections.
I believed in the Bermuda Triangle. I thought it would move in over Florida one night. By dusk an unknown force would vaporize us through a tear in the atmosphere. We’d be stuck, wandering in a parallel version of the same place, unaware that we were dead but dreaming.
People came here to vanish.”
(Paul Kwiatkowski – And Every Day Was Overcast, 2013)
I don’t know many books, that seamlessly combine photography and literature in a compelling way, but Paul Kwiatkowski’s And Every Day is Overcast works out just perfectly.
Kwiatkowski takes sketchy photos of the time, when he grew up in South Florida in the 90s and mix them up with a fictional coming of age story.
You should read the review in ASX and buy the book.
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