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Ben H. Winters

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In Defense of Bedbugs

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 2:09 PM

Are bedbugs really so bad?

Yes, they live in your bed; they suck your blood; and they are almost impossible to kill or get rid of. All of these can be considered negative qualities.

But play a bit of compare and contrast, and bedbugs come out looking pretty good....

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The New Distracted Parenting

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 3:49 AM

My daughter is a pretty amazing ice skater, for a four-year-old, except that sometimes she gets distracted and chews absently on the strap of her helmet. Before her lesson the other night, I reminded her not to do that, and told her I would be watching.

"OK," she said, "I'll...

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Why I Give Everything Five Stars

(7) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 12:36 PM

The expression "everyone's a critic" gets more true every day, now that every retail website offers a feedback form, and every potential purchase shows the aggregated ranking of all its past purchasers. Buy anything and you will be afforded an opportunity to tell the world what you thought of your...

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'Android Karenina' Out Today: What Would Tolstoy Think? (VIDEO)

(9) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 11:31 AM

I'm going to go ahead and get this out of the way. Leo Tolstoy would have hated this book.

Judging by how many people asked, when Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters came out, what Jane Austen would have thought of it, I'll soon be asked what Tolstoy would...

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How to Combat Distracted Walking

(4) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 3:41 PM

Now that the horror of "distracted driving" has been brought thoroughly to light, the subject of much public handwringing, a flurry of state legislation, and a 347-part series in the Times, it is time to turn our collective attention to a related and equally heinous societal scourge: distracted...

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Robert Rines: The Death of a Monster Hunter

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 4:07 PM

If there is a Loch Ness monster, she’s feeling pretty good about herself right now. Robert H. Rines, the man who came closer than anyone to proving the existence of the fabled serpent, died last week at the age of 87.

Over three and a half decades, and many,...

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I Write With Dead People: How to Collaborate With a Corpse

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 6:34 AM

When it comes to fiction, paranormality is the new normal. The bestseller lists are crowded with vampires, werewolves, and ghouls of every description. Indeed, in today's hypercompetitive literary environment, authoring a book about the undead may no longer suffice -- your smart move nowadays is to write in partnership with...

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