January 25, 2008
“Sleeping Is Giving In”
Me in 1988, 18 years old. Photo by Rachel (who was my prom date that year).
Maciej finally opens up about the traumatic events that led him to start The Bedbug Registry:
Posted by jjwiseman at January 25, 2008 05:16 PM
I discovered bedbugs and modafinil on the same eventful night a little over a year ago in San Francisco. I had just moved back from China and was staying in a dingy Travelodge on the corner of Valencia and Market streets. I had a song in my throat, a dream in my heart, and - thanks to a pharmacologically more adventurous friend - four 100mg Provigil tablets in my wallet. I was about to discover that I also had a sizable bedbug colony under my mattress.
Speechless on so many levels.
First of all, I'm always amazed by Maciej's writing, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised that reading this essay was a special treat, but it was. It takes talent to horrify and induce laughter at the same time. Second, I commend him on starting the registry. Third, I'm not a paranoid person, but I'm really dismayed at all the red dots on those maps. Manhattan seems like such a nice place to live...
Last, I usually read Lemonodor for the pics as non sequitors to the posts. But these are just that much better after seeing you with your strike beard.