them after all for their unique
indifference to each other and to the circus
that houses us all, and for their collectibility --
that, and their tendency to fall apart.
Check that great line break separating "circus" from "that houses us all" so that for a minute you think he literally means a circus. And check the near tautology of the second of the three reasons: "we collected them ... for their collectibility." I particularly like the tension between permanence and entropy in the collection: we collect things (like comics) so that they will be kept safe and not fall apart, and we collect them because they have some kind of permanent value to us -- those stories last forever somehow -- but here it seems more like we collect because we like the fact that their falling apart is inevitable. We like things that fall apart in the end.
I am really embracing the idea that I can just get on the blog with unfinished ideas.