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Girls 101: One Final Push
April 16, 2012 – 12:39 PM | 19 Comments
<I>Girls</I> 101: One Final Push

From my Girls recap at Press Play:
[H]e pulls a move he obviously thinks is super-hot, biting Hannah's lower lip and stretching it like four inches off her face; Hannah's expression in response is equal parts "henh?" …

The Vine: April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012 – 10:33 AM | 36 Comments
The Vine: April 13, 2012

I find myself in great need of some wisdom from you and The Vine readers. 
First of all, my partner and I have been disagreeing on the question of "stuff" vs "stuffs" when referring to "stuff" …

Death of a Salesman: Strange new world
April 12, 2012 – 10:10 PM | No Comment
Death of a Salesman: Strange new world

Ben Brantley's New York Times review of the current production of Death of a Salesman at the Barrymore is very complimentary, but also regretful — that the version doesn't quite land with him; that, like …

The Vine: April 11, 2012
April 11, 2012 – 11:10 AM | 29 Comments
The Vine: April 11, 2012

D. and I were friends for six years, close enough that we had weekly get-together. I saw him through a devastating divorce; he saw me through the break up of a seven-year-long relationship, etc., and …

Narc and the art of stillness
April 10, 2012 – 12:40 PM | 4 Comments
<I>Narc</I> and the art of stillness

I kind of liked Smokin' Aces, the Joe Carnahan feature that followed Narc with a real more-than-ten-days'-worth budget and some actual names. A number of critics blew off the effort as Tarantinoid, derivative, shallow — …

The Vine: April 6, 2012
April 6, 2012 – 11:51 AM | 26 Comments
The Vine: April 6, 2012

Do some good on Good Friday; head over to the Dewey Donation drive, and help kids in Thailand and/or Washington DC find their long-lost books! I gave a whole doorstop's worth of Sandra Boynton this morning …

The Vine: April 4, 2012
April 4, 2012 – 12:22 PM | 25 Comments
The Vine: April 4, 2012

I have a friend who is fond of contracting "I have," but not when saying "I have done x" — he likes to contract "I have [a job]" into "I've [a job]," and seeing it …

Product Break-Up: MAC metallic nailpolish
April 3, 2012 – 2:25 PM | 41 Comments
Product Break-Up: MAC metallic nailpolish

Number of hours it took for the mani to chip: 10. (Number of those hours I had spent sleeping: 7.) And it isn't just a bitty "caught the corner of a Diet Coke can tab …

The Vine: March 30, 2012
March 30, 2012 – 9:02 AM | 4 Comments
The Vine: March 30, 2012

Perhaps you or your readers could identify this film for me?
It was a B&W science-fiction film (or perhaps something shorter) from the 1950s or 1960s, but I saw it on TV at least 15 years …

The Vine: March 28, 2012
March 28, 2012 – 3:44 PM | 51 Comments
The Vine: March 28, 2012

A few years ago, my best friend, W, met L. I had recently moved away and W was feeling lonely (she's pretty shy and has a hard time meeting new people), so she was really …