Truth of the Oral

 

Three studies for a mouth (Explorations in statecraft, love, and the passing of woes), from the series Revisitations
Frank Rodick, 2011

Teeth are for tearing, the tongue is for churning the swill around: that is the truth of the oral. Only by an ingenious economy, an accident of evolution, does the organ of ingestion sometimes get to be used for song.

— J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello