“Whether or not you find your own way, you’re bound to find some way. If you happen to find my way, please return it, as it was lost years ago. I imagine by now it’s quite rusty.”
― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
A while back my good friend, Concetta, invited me to a lecture given by Norton Juster, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Phantom Tollbooth. Concetta is a huge fan of the book (so much so it is contagious) and I am always up for a good lecture at the library, especially when it pertains to Children’s literature. I just sat there in that auditorium sketching and listening to one of the most entertaining, smart and creative people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I became an instant fan. He spoke to children and adults alike about his process, the origin of his ideas and his passion for puns. I learned so much during that hour or so, about myself and being creative. Even now as I am typing this post I realize the huge effect that talk had on my writing and recent artwork.
A big thanks to Mr. Juster for my awesome signed copy of The Phantom Tollbooth and to Concetta for her infectious excitement for a wonderful book.
Above: My favorite sketch of Norton Juster from that Saturday afternoon spent at the library.