now...presenting...one of my favorite sections of this website:
Bette Midler in print! This is the section where you will have to
read even more. I realize that announcement may induce a ripple
of panic in some of my visitors; perhaps your hair is standing on
end just thinking about it. But, it is no secret that reading is
my favorite pasttime.
I’ve been a
voracious reader since before I started grade school, and my devotion
to reading only continues to expand as I age--even more quickly
than my waistline (which we won’t get into) ;o) As a scrawny, gangly
little lad, having my nose glued to a good book provided ample protection
against tormentors attempting to rip the spectacles from my face
or kick sand in my eyes. ;o) And an added benefit? I learned! So
many new words and ideas; it was like a whole other world opening
up for me.
I also found out that bullies rarely read, and therefore, my increased
vocabulary proved quite useful. Nothing stops a bully in his tracks
faster than being called, say, a maladroit gorgon. The fist freezes
in midair and the face contorts with puzzlement; you can almost
hear his thoughts by the look on his face-should I be flattered
or insulted? Should I find a dictionary and look up those words?
How do you spell them? Where do they keep dictionaries anyway?...}
But, I beg your
pardon for digressing into flashbacks from my youth. ;o) The point
I am trying to make is that reading really is fun-da-mental. It
provides an endless source of entertainment (fun...get it?) and,
duh (da), it increases one’s mental acuity. No matter how old I
am, I still feel like a babe, growing and learning when I open a
will also continue to grow, and hopefully, will assist you in the
pursuit of learning even more about the divine Miss M. Here you
will find books written about Bette, books with chapters devoted
to Bette, books with more than a passing reference to Bette, Bette
on Bette, Bette on Babies, Bette on the bospherous, articles on
Bette and interviews with Bette. Just Bette, Bette, Bette! A bevy
of bodacious Bette in bulk! :)
of these books and articles are out of print, while others are still
available. Great places to look for these gems would be Amazon,
Powell’s, Abes, Barnes and Noble, Midlerobilia, and eBay. For sheet
music, look no further than Bette’s fave place, Colony Music. All
it takes is a teensy bit of time and research. And..what? Bette’s
worth it, right? Of course right!. ;o)
For some good
analysis and personal reviews (especially on the Bette bios and
her own works), check out Carl’s Bettechives. I believe he is going
to spend a lot of time on this aspect of her career and he is a
fabulous writer/researcher in his own right.
I hope you enjoy
this section. It is very time consuming and I have slaved ever so
diligently to bring you a modicum of pleasure. I will continue adding
to the articles and reference sections, so please check back frequently
for updates. Do not let my efforts be in vain, I beseech you.
who prefer "picture books", I will be putting photos with
the articles, though they are not necessarily from that article.
This will provide a retinal diversion for what some might consider
a monotony of words. :) You might have visited this page for the
specific purpose of finding new pictures to look at, and that’s
fine too. We all have to start somewhere. ;o)
teasing of my non-reader readership aside, I think you will find
this section quite interesting because it shows the steady growth
(yes, she is a reader also) of Ms. Midler throughout the years.
Some articles will be familiar, others may be obscure, but they
are all fascinating because of their focus: the divine Bette Midler.
Happy reading (or picture viewing...you decide)!
(with a little spit and polish from Snook; mostly