14 February 2007
The Dot & the Line: a Romance in Lower Mathematics
Author: Norton Juster
In honour of Valentine's Day, here is a timeless love story from the man who brought you The Phantom Tollbooth. This is the story of a straight line who is in love with a dot. The dot, however, is infactuated with a freeflowing and "too cool for school" squiggle. The dejected line goes off and conquers his insecurities by improving himself through the magic of geometry. He then puts on an impressive display that puts the squiggle to shame and wins the heart of the dot.
Rumor has it that Juster wrote this book just before going to his 10 year high school reunion. True or not, Juster's book embodies the dream of every nerd in history: to return to the scene of his shame (high school) as a successful and worldly man that suddenly turns the tables on all those jocks and stoners by winning the girl that had so painfully dismissed him in the past. If this were an eighties movie, the cast would be:
Dot: Molly Ringwald
Line: Anthony Michael Hall
Squiggle: Some unkempt combination of Christian Slater and Judd Nelson
Directed by: Robert Zemekis (only because John Hughes would be too obvious)
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In my expert opinion, the line could only be played by John Cuzack, the hottest desperately-seeking-attention nerd turned desperately-seeking-validation hipster. Aside from that, love the v-day post. Keep it up, slickmaster.
HIGH-larious! My favorite high school chemistry teacher read that book to his classes every year as a little treat at Christmastime, or was it exam time? (some special time), and we all loved it, nerds that we were... I love your 80s movie interpretation.
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