And Side To Side #socs

J-Dub mentioned the book Up The Down Staircase first thing in her stream-of-consciousness today, which is what I was going to lead off with… Anyway, it was written by a teacher named Bel Kaufman in 1964, and Wikipedia informs me it spent 64 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. It was also made into a movie starring Sandy Dennis in 1967, which was the year I read it. It was weird–not the book, but how I came to read it. It was during the summer, Mom was working, and when I got up I went into the living room, for whatever reason (it was at the other end of the apartment from the kitchen), and I saw it siting on the coffee table, so I picked it up and started reading it. Next thing I knew, it was 1 in the afternoon, I was still sitting in my underwear reading this book. It just drew me in. Don’t ask why.

Coincidentally, this song was popular in 1967: Paul Revere & The Raiders, "Ups And Downs." Only reached #22 in the US, but #5 in Canada.

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7 thoughts on “And Side To Side #socs

  1. I read the book but couldn’t remember what it was about. So I just googled it. It’s about a school teacher. I still don’t remember it but I am pretty sure I liked it at the time.

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    1. It’s about a rookie teacher at an inner-city school, and it’s told in the form of memos, notes from teachers and students, letters to a friend of hers, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  2. I have never seen that movie but the book must be good. Whenever I hear that that title I can’t help but think of an Eischer drawing. Blatz beer…sounds like something we would hear or see that word in a Wiley E Coyote cartoon….or TV’s Batman.

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  3. How cool! Pretty sure my memory was from the movie, played as a re-run on channel 9 – PBS sometime in the 70s way after it’s original release. Sandy Dennis was in everything back in the day. Not sure why but I confuse her with Sandy Duncan.

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    1. They were really different from each other. Sandy Duncan was cheerful and animated, Sandy Dennis a little more melancholy. It’s the similar names that throw you. There’s a third, Sandy Denny, who was a singer for the band Fairport Convention. Confused yet?

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