Alan grew up as a quintessential East Coast Jew. That meant that the “Two Bs”—Barbra Streisand and Bella Abzug—were beyond worshipped in his household. As Alan grew, he added another B—belonging to the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler—to that list. In his fantasy life, he’s a singer-songwriter. In reality, people miles away are known to cover their ears when he sings in the shower. So, he settles for being a writer, a Red Sox fan and a devotee of many social justice causes. It makes him feel good. And he thinks Barbra, Bella and Bette would approve.