The Solid Green Birthday & Other Fables
is a humorous, sometimes profound and occasionally touching collection of very concise stories, and a handful of poems, dealing with everything from the living hell of graphic design ("George Washington Crossing the Delaware") to a dog with the ability to control time ("My Trick Dog") to the ritual inconvenience of parades in small town Hawaii ("The Mayberry of the Pacific").
To describe more specifically what The Solid Green Birthday is "about" is a little like attempting to describe what life is about. It simply encompasses the little events and situations that enlarge in our minds, get stuck there, and make us who we are. It's about seeing humor where it isn't supposed to exist. It's about wonder, joy, hope, pain, loss and total, overwhelming bewilderment.
Lowell's economical writing has been described as Richard Brautigan meets Dave Barry, they have a few drinks, and end up beating the crap out of each other. Whatever it is, it's unique, as titles such as "God Has a Very Big Hat," "Harold Tall Chief's Flying Saucer," "Elvis Among the Dolphins," and of course "The Solid Green Birthday" would indicate. An effortless read that will make you laugh, think and feel. And stay with you.