/+In that vague period 1963-1964 which is a blur of activity and movement in my mind peopled sometimes with names and places you might recognize, I could sit still long enough to read a book and contemplate my possible future ... if I went this way or that way. Aunt Ludmilla tried to be helpful and suggested I might consider going to Las Vegas and becoming a croupier or card dealer, as she had encountered a Morman who made a lot of dough working at the tables there and I had been skilled at card tricks in my youth, but I would have to wait until I was of legal age to gamble to do that.
I read "What Makes Sammy Run
" (which gave me the creeps) because "Hollywood" was so close by to me and seemed a real possibility, just given my propinquity to it all and people I knew and so on.
I liked this cover version of "Slippin' and Slidin'" because it was by the Rivingtons and (I think in associations, see Budd Schulberg above) so naturally served as a reminder of "Hollywood" and what I was learning about show biz there, but show biz in New York seemed to be just the same. I liked the way they said "sleepin and a hidin" rather than muffling the lyrics through the mic.