Before we begin, let’s be clear about one thing: sometimes a massage, even one where the masseuse uses her teeth, really is just a massage.
As Clifford Levy writes today in The Times, the opposition on Georgia is hoping to use mockery as one part of their arsenal to force the country’s president, Mikheil Saakashvili, from office.
Unfortunately for Mr. Saakashvili, the opposition recently happened upon a virtual gold mine of material for their campaign on the racy personal blog of a female American massage therapist, who flew to Georgia to treat him in February.
The masseuse is named Dorothy Stein, but she goes by the nickname one of her many famous clients, Frank Zappa, gave her years ago: Dr. Dot. As she explained in a VH1 profile some years ago, her massage career began at the age of 14 when she offered to give members of the rock band Def Leppard back rubs as a way of getting to hang around with her idols backstage. With that early start, she set about compiling the impressive list of “satisfied customers” on her professional Web site, which now includes hundreds of famous rock stars and celebrities — like the Rolling Stones, Sting, Mariah Carey, Russel Crowe, Jay-Z, Juliette Lewis (who could play her in a biopic), Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, Eros Ramazotti and Bruce Willis, for starters.