Our man in London, Ben Fairhall, posted an intriguing bit of info on the twelfth of December concerning Evelyn Waugh:
Strangely, towards the end of his life, Waugh developed a most unusual hobby: having his teeth pulled out, without anaesthetic. 'The vulgar new school of literary biographer,' says Auberon Waugh, 'attributed it to some strain of sexual masochism, but I am not persuaded by this.' Interestingly, losing his teeth seemed to effect a spiritual change in him: 'Where before he had been gloomy, bad tempered and on occasions aggressive, he became benign and affectionate, but still his death lifted a great brooding awareness not only from Combe Florey- the Waugh family home in Somerset- but from the whole of existence.'
"Huh". I says. Which got me to thinking about dentists specifically and about teeth in general.
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The alien invasion musical 'Little Shop of Horrors' contains a scene with "Bill Luminati" Bill Murray playing a character who loves getting his teeth pulled in the most excruciatingly painful way imaginable (sexual masochism overtly stated, BTW).
The Xmas classic 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' includes Hermie (Hermes?) the misfit (and gay acting) elf who secretly wants to be a dentist. He winds up pulling a tooth from the Head Elf - easing his suffering.
Mike Myers as Austin Powers (the Dionysus resonator) who’s bad teeth are a running gag. "I'm English".
In 'Marathon Man', Dustin Hoffman is tortured in a dentist chair by a crazed Nazi asking: “Is it safe?”
And my latest guru, P. K. Dick, had his first vision/VALIS moment as a result of the extraction of an impacted WISDOM tooth. Who woulda thunk?