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The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

DVR Break-Up: The Real Housewives of New Jersey
August 24, 2010 · 7 Comments
DVR Break-Up: <I>The Real Housewives of New Jersey</I>

I should have dumped RHoNJ when Dina Manzo did. Dina's stated reasons had the whiff of bullshit — "I thought it would be a cute, funny look at our family," or whatever she said at …

Strange Frequency
August 23, 2010 · 11 Comments
<I>Strange Frequency</I>

I stood in front of the DVD player for a good ninety seconds, staring at Strange Frequency's Netflix sleeve and wondering why in the name of beer and skittles I had put an Erik Palladino …

Tomato Nation Read-Along #4: Poll
August 22, 2010 · 15 Comments
Tomato Nation Read-Along #4: Poll

Now that we've emerged from the shadow of the golden raintree (…hew), it's time to pick our next book. Please also let me know in the comments if you'd like to do a live chat …

The Vine: August 20, 2010
August 20, 2010 · 4 Comments
The Vine: August 20, 2010

Hi Sars,
I used to have this cassette tape that I listened to a bunch, probably in the early '90s. It was a story read by a man (I think), that was probably an audio adaptation …

Bet Red, Bet Road: Update
August 19, 2010 · 9 Comments
Bet Red, Bet Road: Update

last updated 8/19/10 11 PM
All righty: A.C. tomato is still on for Friday, August 20. Current base of operations is the Trump Taj Mahal.
Complications include

a furniture delivery that day between 10 AM and 2 PM …

The Vine: August 18, 2010
August 18, 2010 · 46 Comments
The Vine: August 18, 2010

Dear Sars,
I've been reading Tomato Nation longer than any other site I can think of, and I'm hoping you and the hivemind can help me with what promises to be an ugly family drama no …

TN Read-Along #3 Discussion Thread: My Sweet Audrina
August 16, 2010 · 64 Comments
TN Read-Along #3 Discussion Thread: <I>My Sweet Audrina</I>

"I don't have any legs — that's what!" shrieked Billie.
I would crack a joke here about spoiler warnings, but it's a hallmark of My Sweet Audrina that, by the time any twist or dark secret …

The Vine: August 13, 2010
August 13, 2010 · 36 Comments
The Vine: August 13, 2010

Oh Wise Nation,
After spending two days of my honeymoon with hives, and another day half asleep from Benadryl, I need help.
My go-to facial moisturizer/sunscreen for years (years!!) has been Oil of Olay for oily/combination …

The Vine: August 11, 2010
August 11, 2010 · 56 Comments
The Vine: August 11, 2010

Hey Sars.
So here's the deal. My husband and I have four kids, one on the way, and two aging beagles. Everything was great — until all of a sudden it wasn't. Our fourth child was …

The Kids Are All Right
August 10, 2010 · 23 Comments
<I>The Kids Are All Right</I>

The California that we get in this film is a greener, gayer update of the California that Woody Allen took such perfect potshots at, more than thirty years ago, in "Annie Hall," the difference being …