This is an excerpt from one of our favorite books:
Malone continued to cradle the spider. “I wish my brothers were here,” she said, to no one. After forty-five minutes, she was still holding Queen Mary, a little piece of eternity in the palm of her hands. The cure for arachnaphobia, Taylor told me, is simply to shatter the alarming image just once.
–Richard Conniff, from Spineless Wonders: Strange tales from the invertebrate world, pg 106