Something unexpected happened this morning that really made me smile. I need to mention that this is totally true because I couldn’t make up something like this. When I woke up I was looking at Twitter and saw a post by Stephen Fry where he posted a picture of himself dressed like God for a movie about the controversy surrounding Monty Python’s movie “Life of Brian”. Shortly after that I was looking at Facebook and saw my friend Vince’s wall post with a picture of Stephen Fry at a book signing at the Hague with a postcard from Vince’s “Adrift in a Vanishing City” book next to his hand.
The cover of the book was a painting that I had done several years ago.
It made me think about how Vince’s book (and my artwork) had traveled through space (from New Jersey to various places around the world) and time (it was published in the late 90’s). It was a great surprise to see the postcard next to Stephen Fry because he was a big influence on my joining Twitter and I remember watching his video of his “unboxing” of the iPad.
“Adrift in a Vanishing City” is available on Amazon and here is a description and review:
Adrift in a Vanishing City ought to come with a warning label: Herein lie levels of meaning beyond the grasp of the blissful best-seller reader.
In poetic prose that flouts conventional fictive forms, Czyz draws on classical myth, fable, folklore, Shakespearean tragedy and other genres to create a metaphor of modern alienation.
The nine stories are set in a small, southeastern city in the coal-mining region of Kansas. — Joe Castronovo, New Jersey Herald & News
Deeply romantic (in the best sense) and darkly evocative, Czyz’s lush style explores regions well beyond simple narrative, probing the constantly shifting, oblique connections between failure, memory and the forever-incomplete nature of human desire. A moody, gorgeous and formally innovative collection, “Adrift in a Vanishing City” deserves a wide audience among readers who understand that fiction is about more than getting a character from one room to the next. — Greg Burkman, The Seattle Times