Literature / The Dot And The Line

One upon a time, there was a sensible straight line who was hopelessly in love... with a dot.
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The Dot and the Line: a Romance in Lower Mathematics is a short book written and illustrated in 1963 by Norton Juster (of The Phantom Tollbooth fame). Inspired by Flatland, It follows the story of a straight line who is hopelessly in love with a dot. The dot, however, is in love with a squiggle. The line learns how to manipulate himself and wins the heart of the dot.

The book became the subject of a 1965 animated short by Chuck Jones, his first after leaving Warner Bros., with a screenplay by Juster. It won an Academy Award for Animated Short Film.

You can watch the cartoon in its entirety on You Tube here. (Ten minutes long.)

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