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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!

Damn Millionaires Show, Saturday 8/7/10
August 5, 2010 · 3 Comments
Damn Millionaires Show, Saturday 8/7/10

Hey, friends — The Damn Millionaires have come to town, and you should totally come out to see them play the stage at King Killer Studios (Mr. Stupidhead filling in on bass!). Also featuring Dan …

The Vine: August 4, 2010
August 4, 2010 · 28 Comments
The Vine: August 4, 2010

Dear Sars,
I'm a 28-year-old female, and I would like advice on how to ask my mother some uncomfortable questions.
I have never met or even seen a photo of my biological father, and only know …

Tomato Nation Read-Along #3: My Sweet Audrina
August 3, 2010 · 49 Comments
Tomato Nation Read-Along #3: <I>My Sweet Audrina</I>

Bill Bryson put up a valiant fight, but V.C. Andrews prevailed — our next TN Read-Along book is My Sweet Audrina. I can't decide if I'm horrified or thrilled, so I've decided to go with …

The Vine: July 30, 2010
July 30, 2010 · 104 Comments
The Vine: July 30, 2010

I just had a seriously depressing epiphany about myself, and, as a result, went spelunking in your archives, unsuccessfully. I seem to recall a Vine within the last couple of years where folks went off …

The Vine: July 28, 2010
July 28, 2010 · 43 Comments
The Vine: July 28, 2010

Hello –
I guess I am writing because I am hoping to get some tips in how to best handle my relationship with my parents. A brief (I hope) background: I am an only child and …

TN in AC: Bet Red, Bet Road
July 27, 2010 · 15 Comments
TN in AC: Bet Red, Bet Road

The Atlantic City trip is set for the weekend of August 20. When exactly I will do my thing at the blackjack tables/on the boardwalk, and what specifically that "thing" is, I don't know yet; …

Tomato Nation Read-Along #3: Poll
July 26, 2010 · 25 Comments
Tomato Nation Read-Along #3: Poll

Okay, so that last one wasn't so awesome. Live and learn.
The poll for the third TN Read-Along is below. The Wallace and the Cutrone have returned, as you'll see, but I have a bet with …

TV Question Qorner: Work of Art
July 24, 2010 · 25 Comments
TV Question Qorner: <i>Work of Art</i>

Above, Abdi's "Intruder Alert."
I'll grant that it's functionally impossible for the show to do what its tagline says it will — find "The Next Great Artist" — but I think the attempt is really interesting. …

The Vine: July 23, 2010
July 23, 2010 · 65 Comments
The Vine: July 23, 2010

Dear Sars,
I am a single woman with limited amounts of time and money. I'd like to start eating healthier and thriftier, but the two don't seem to go together very well.
There have been a …

TN Read-Along #2 Discussion Thread: Backwards in High Heels
July 22, 2010 · 27 Comments
TN Read-Along #2 Discussion Thread: <I>Backwards in High Heels</I>

Perfection is boring. Oh my God, it's the dullest thing in the world. Stop trying to achieve it, now. (179)
I tend to avoid books like Backwards in High Heels, assuming that tired passive-aggression about socks …