Why? According to Quirk:
This plague was brought by the feminine deities, the Greek Muses, who have cast a pox upon their hides as punishment for their persecution of the Muses' chosen people: poets and writers.Lots of people are concerned about the infestation, but apparently not for the health of the staff.
When a professional entomologist assured everyone that bed bugs won't damage the literature-- it's only the skins of publishers and staff that will develop wheals and pus-filled boils-- everybody drew a city-wide sigh of relief.What had me checking for hidden cameras that might catch me laughing was this line:
When a professional was quoted as saying, "It sounds like it'll be a detailed crack-and-crevice treatment," I almost snapped on my latex gloves and called to volunteer, until I realized they weren't talking about publishers and publicists, but base molding, the second item on the list of concerns.The thought of a bedbug infestation gives me the shivers, so I feel sorry for the people involved, but I am also glad the books are safe. And glad I’m not a book reviewer who received a Penquin book in the mail and didn’t know not to open it.