Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Paranoid

Sleepies collected lists of fatal diseases and arranged them in alphabetical order so that they could put their fingers without delay on any one they wanted to worry about. There were lymph glands that might do them in. There were kidneys, nerve sheaths and corpuscles. There were tumors of the brain. There was Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There were fertile red meadows of epithelial tissue to catch and coddle a cancer cell. There were diseases of the head, diseases of the neck, diseases of the chest, diseases of the intestines, diseases of the crotch. There even were diseases of the feet. There were billions of conscientious body cells oxidating away day and night like dumb animals at their complicated job of keeping them alive and health, and every one was a potential traitor or foe. There were so many diseases that it took a truly diseased mind to even think about them as often as Sleepies did.


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