Day: May 10, 2012

Surely, Irie ain't Lolita material. Now, I'm not so sure.

How often do you visit the dentist? – White Teeth by Zadie Smith

“But like all things, the business has two sides. Clean white teeth are not always wise, now are they? Par exemplum: when I was in the Congo, the only way I could identify the nigger was by the whiteness of his teeth, if you see what I mean. Horrid business. Dark as buggery, it was. And they died because of it, you see? Poor bastards. Or rather I survived, to look at it in another way, do you see?” So would you still brush your teeth every after meal? And what about people who do not have naturally white teeth? Is it in vain that they brush for hours in an attempt to achieve that pearly whiteness? And what of smokers? Do they instantly quit smoking? And we only have two set of teeth. The first set we ignore. How can we be immediately conscious of our teeth when early memories rarely find an image of us checking our budding milk teeth. And yet, we retain the sharp sting of pain malevolently wrought by toothache. …