Bed Bug in Watermelon Sugar

By Katarina Hybenova

What’s the connection between Richard Brautigan and bed bugs? Now, you know….

“In watermelon sugar the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in watermelon sugar.” These are the emblematic words at the beginning of the cult book In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan. This photo was taken at the corner of Moore and White Street. It seems like the loft buildings in that area have quite a severe bed bug problem. Mattresses, beds and other furniture can be frequently found abandoned. Luckily, creative Bushwick inhabitants take this rather unpleasant life circumstance as a stimulus for more art. Let’s take this occasion to think about already famous abandoned bed bug mattress in Williamsburg… Keep on fighting, guys…

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