Detail from the poster for the film adaptation of Le Marquis de Sade’s La Philosophie Dans le Boudoir, Beyond Love and Evil (1969, by Jacques Scandelari)

First thing on a cold recent morning, I came upon a stink bug on the kitchen floor, which is an unusual place to find a stink bug around here. They are usually found on walls and windows or within jackets, coats and other clothing. My eyesight has never been great, so I did not at first think it was a stink bug at all but rather a fumbled and forgotten berry or cat food kibble or some such. I bent down and picked it up a little more roughly than I would if I had known it was a…



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