Why? Why Not? ($35.00) is a novel novel, a diary, a high-flying history, an academic adult comic book with visions of utopia, dystopia and myopia. Illusions, confusions, and conclusions form the thirty-six plays, each contained on a single page. The setting for each play is a piece of paper. Characters are listed. Scene and characters are drawn on the top half of the page; five columns of lines of type, newspaper style, are arranged below. The dialogue is minimal, a poetic shorthand determined by the number of letterforms per line, a text-message for today's limited attention spans, mostly in rhyme.
Barbara Solomon is a graphic designer, landscape architect, writer, and artist. Her innovative logo design and building graphics for The Sea Ranch in Northern California brought her fame in the 1960s as the inventor of supergraphics. Her first book, Green Architecture and the Agrarian Garden, reinvigorated the view of the classical garden by creating a sophisticated pictorial language. In Good Mourning California, Solomon presented a provocative and acerbic look at the social topology of the Golden State.