When I saw “Gap Toothed Women” I called Les Blank to express my enthusiasm and admitted I had a little crush on Dori Seda, who had also done the poster. He sadly shared that she had passed away.
Richard Van Busack in The Metro has a more fleshed out memoir.
And in the ensuing 30 years I have probably brought up this theory – that gap toothed woman are freaky — about 100 times; no other empirical evidence to report, alas.
I bought my best friend a VHS of Les Blank “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe” as an incentive to drop out of Harvard and become a filmmaker but Brian ended up going back to school, and is a neuropathologist.
Actually he is an unemployed neuropathologist so maybe now is the time to get reel. Start with cell phone photos of people you can meet at Starbucks, but at our age we have to be careful not to be called “creepy” — I would have preferred to live in an era where they called us Pygmalions. I think its only creepy if you move slow and mysteriously like a snake. if you are super bold and light you are contagious, not creepy. Hermetic not herpetic. When I was 7 I confused the words “herpes” and “Slurpees” I used to collect reusable plastic cups with pictures of football players, near my grandmothers house, Benton in Santa Clara, off Lawrence. (Actually years later my friend KJ- was found dead in his apartment by his ex, whose sister called me to go support her. That is creepier. More sad than anything. USA has crappy policy on immigrants. We can do better).
So if you are still reaading this, there is a connection between me buying slurpee’s, Dori using food stamps to buy cigarrettes and poor Kevin dying near my grandparents’ apartment complex. There was also a little poodle that would lick my eyelids. I was six years old. Mrs Haney.
I lament I will likely never have the chance to be as good a grand pa as H. nor as good a father as P, though at times he seemed ambivalent. He had a gap tooth, my dad, though it was masked by orthodontics. Kevin and my dad both died of heart attacks though my father was 90, Kevin 27. I think Dori Seda was around 40. Carpe Diem. Shabbat shalom.