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This week’s issue of the Reader features Julia Thiel’s cover story on bedbugs. Insightful and thorough, Julia’s piece is full of anecdotes, history, and statistics that provide a better understanding of bedbugs with a compelling arc.

Michael Miner checks in to Renew, a new magazine for former addicts and alcoholics.

In Mudville, Steve Bogira is done with Adam Dunn and any hope for the rest of White Sox and their forthcoming season.

In You Are Here, this week’s Chicagoan is Richard Kieckhefer, a historian of magic; Celia Rose Marks and Jordan Rutherford show us their rare book collection; and we zoom in on the Near South Side, where winter sports are in full effect at Northerly Island.

And in Savage Love, dingleberries, virgins, femdoms, and Newt Gingrich. You know, the usual.