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No, not “living books”, but what “lives in books”!

Books can be full of life – and what an avid reader I was as a teenager and young man! But I don’t just mean the characters in the works of Maupassant, Gogol, Dostojewski, and many others; oh, and not to forget Moby Dick’s author Herman Melville. No, I have something else in mind: especially old and dusty books can present a veritable “habitat”, in which the food chain starts with the pages (or the glue that holds them together) and supports a variety of organisms. —>—>