What saves David Bowie: A Life is knowing that, even with its faults, it’s peppered with entertaining lines and anecdotes. Suffering through artist Tony Oursler’s attempt to analyze Bowie’s move to the . as a “reaction against the class system of the UK” and a further reiteration that Bowie’s “work truly functions as a refuge for outsiders” is easier to stomach when, on the next page, Owen Pallett recounts how Bowie was kind enough to check on an Arcade Fire crewmember who had to miss a show they played together. Jones’ delivers a feast of material for longtime fans, and his book is a great jumping-off point for anyone just now exploring Bowie’s life and work. Just be prepared to pick some bones out of your mouth with each bite.
Ancient toothpastes were used to treat some of the same concerns that we have today – keeping teeth and gums clean, whitening teeth and freshening breath. The ingredients of ancient toothpastes were however very different and varied. Ingredients used included a powder of ox hooves' ashes and burnt eggshells, that was combined with pumice. The Greeks and Romans favored more abrasiveness and their toothpaste ingredients included crushed bones and oyster shells. The Romans added more flavoring to help with bad breath, as well as powdered charcoal and bark. The Chinese used a wide variety of substances in toothpastes over time that have included ginseng, herbal mints and salt.