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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