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Sometimes you come across parts of a text that just deserve to stand alone, devoid of any context, for your undivided amusement:

The cadre of book-depositers is not without its stylists. The comedian Jean Villepique, who played Tracy Morgan’s therapist on “30 Rock,” says she likes to slam insects between the pages of library books and then return the corpse-laden tomes. “I like to think that someone will get to Page 62 and think, “Eww!” and then, “Who?” Villepique said in an e-mail message. She preys only on small bugs that land on the page voluntarily — mostly gnats (“like a little dust poof”) and mosquitoes, whether unfed (“neat and dry”) or bloody (“page joiners”). But Villepique warns that if any cockroach in her Los Angeles apartment “dares to creep near my copy of ‘Collapse,’ by Jared Diamond, I will kill, knowing that my behavior and the roach’s existence are both causes of the collapse of our society.”

From today’s New York Times Book Review essay: You Never Know What You’ll Find in a Book

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~ by miyagisan on December 21, 2008.

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