the arts

The Curious Case of Susan, Alex and Emma Wendt, or, Bedbugs, A Novel

September 9, 2011

It was inevitable that someone with an imagination would channel the “zeitgeist” of 21st Century New York City — with its frustrated artists, anxious parents, elusive hipsters, iPhones, trendy bakeries in gentrified neighborhoods, the Trader Joe’s on Atlantic and bed bugs, yes, bed bugs — into a thriller novel. Bedbugs, by Ben H. Winters (Quirk […]

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Maud Newton on John Cheever’s bed bugs

April 1, 2009

Blogger Maud Newton notes that writer John Cheever was no stranger to Sneaky Simes, the bed bug. She directs our attention to this biography of Cheever, and notes that At the end of 1939, Cheever returned from a summer job to the “‘grey light of New York apartments.’” Soon he was living on Bank Street […]

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Berkshire Fringe show conveys “the neurosis, the exhaustion, the paranoia, the fascination” of bed bugs

July 1, 2008

A theater troupe called Under the Table is performing a work during the Berkshire Fringe Festival in which bed bugs feature heavily. Chronogram Magazine reports, Under the Table’s piece, “The Only Friends We Have,” was developed through improv and draws on the performers’ clown training. This “antisocial comedy” has both a script and slapstick motifs.” […]

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