[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1587170663″ locale=”US” src=”http://englewoodreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/41eiW4JJdwL.jpg” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”205″] Today is the birthday of Norton Juster, the author of the side-splittingly hilarious kids book [easyazon_link identifier=”0394820371″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Phantom Tollbooth[/easyazon_link].
In the wake of The Phantom Tollbooth‘s success, Juster wrote [easyazon_link identifier=”1587170663″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics[/easyazon_link], which was inspired by Edwin A. Abbott’s novel [easyazon_link identifier=”048627263X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions[/easyazon_link]. I just spent several days writing a paper in tribute to my friend and mentor David Neuhouser, who introduced me to Flatland (which I talk about in my new book [easyazon_link identifier=”083084449X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Reading for the Common Good[/easyazon_link]) and would have loved Juster’s book.
The Dot and the Line was turned into a short film by Chuck Jones, the renowned animator and producer of Looney Tunes, etc. It seems fitting to share this film here today…