• Alex Wild

Today begins a new edition of our blog feature “Variations on a Theme,” in which we devote digital ink to a topic that fascinates us. This week, it’s bedbugs, which ties into Julia Thiel’s cover story on the subject.

And in case you missed it, here’s last week’s “Variations on a Theme,” Alderman Week, which took inspiration from Mick Dumke’s cover story on alderman Walter Burnett Jr.