An artist pulls out all her teeth one night, puts them under her pillow, dreams of the tooth fairy. When she wakes, she finds no money under her pillow, though all her teeth are gone. She worries she won’t make the rent. She has no money. And no teeth. She goes to the corner store, steals some baby food. Carrots and peas. After dinner, she starts sucking her thumb. Can’t afford cigarettes. She puts herself to bed, takes a nap. Upon waking, she finds all her teeth have grown back, big and strong. The better to eat meat with, she thinks, quickly reminding herself she’s a vegetarian. She;s an artist so she; uses this recent experience; the sense of loss she felt at having no teeth, her loss of morality at stealing those little jars of baby food, that quick regression to her infantile oral fixation, her inclination to eat meat, her embittered Weltanschauung as a result of that bastard of a tooth fairy; she uses all this emotional upheaval and resulting insight into humanity in her art. Not only does she sell the work at a very high price, she becomes famous besides. The most intimate interview reveals what inspires this famous artist most is money.
from The Writing Spac Journal by Debbie Fersht