Sharper than a serpent’s tooth

Guess which one is my contribution?

FANGS [Jonah Goldberg]

From a reader:
The things you think of on Monday morning . . . since I was out at a rattlesnake hunt this weekend and have kept some of those obstinate creatures in the past, I can guess that the top-fang tradition comes from human interactions (often fatally) with venomous snakes . . . which I would also bet is part of the vampire tradition as well (the bite does you in either way!) Bottom fangs are more associated with large predators (the big cats primarily, with their essentially equal upper and lower canines.) Now on to matters of statecraft . . .

And another reader:
Fangs pointing down are more civilized, hence vampires. Fangs pointing up are more bestial, like pig tusks, hence orcs, demons and so forth. The less human and less sympathy the reader/viewer are supposed to have for the monster, the more likely the fangs will point up.

I don’t know if National Review has a formal policy on not quoting WND or its writers, but in many years of reading it, I think I’ve seen about ten direct references and dozens of indirect ones such as this. I suppose they’re competitors and all, but they don’t seem to have the same problem with Salon and Air America. (Admittedly any similarly indirect references would escape me.)

I should be grateful to remain anonymous, of course, considering the creative grammar. One of these days I’m going to learn to stop changing direction in mid-sentence or at least read my emails before sending them.

Hellboy is one of the few exceptions to the rule that I can think of, but he’s supposed to look bestial even though he’s a hero of sorts.