Volume 9

Norton Juster – The Dot and the Line [Video]

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1587170663″ locale=”US” src=”https://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…



C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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