Word of bed bugs is spreading

by nobugsonme on January 27, 2008 · 3 comments

in bed bugs, new york city

Check out the quotation from the last paragraph of this discussion with Edith Grossman,  in Book Forum, which calls her “the foremost English translator of Spanish-language literature:”

Grossman is a reader’s reader, happy to have gotten cheap paperbacks from neighborhood stores like the old Shakespeare & Co., Labyrinth Books (now Bookculture), and Papyrus (now Morningside Bookshop). It’s about the content, not covers or first editions. “I like to buy books on the street, too, but I’m wary of it now because of bed bugs.” Her collection has also been fed by the places she traveled to in her youth. She grins large: “My clothes used to fit in an overnight bag. But my books took up trunks and trunks.”

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1 Winston O. Buggy January 27, 2008 at 11:37 am

I will admit to picking up a book or two curbside so to speak but alas no more
the price may be to high as a bed bug may slip in on the sly. Especially in old English books giving Oliver a new twist or perhaps some dated sci fi that would certainly top the list.

2 parakeets January 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm

I also couldn’t sell the hundreds of books I got rid of when I found out I had bedbugs. Our building still has BB, so when I de-cluttered I tossed the books (most of my clutter is books) in the dumpster. Do you know someone climbed into the dumpster and took most of the books out, probably for resale?

3 DeathToBBs January 31, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Bites44 got her bbs from a book a relative gave to her.

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