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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!

The Vine: January 7, 2011
January 7, 2011 · 14 Comments
The Vine: January 7, 2011

This morning I had one of those terrifically weird mind bends, where a single spoken word instantly invoked a completely unrelated image-slash-memory.
What I am remembering is a game we played as kids. This would be …

Oscars 2011 Death Race Preview: The Fighter and A Film Unfinished
January 6, 2011 · 8 Comments
Oscars 2011 Death Race Preview: <I>The Fighter</I> and <I>A Film Unfinished</I>

Discovered after the war, the unfinished work, with no soundtrack, quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record, despite its elaborate propagandistic construction. The later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings, …

The Vine: January 5, 2011
January 5, 2011 · 79 Comments
The Vine: January 5, 2011

Dear Sars,
My partner and I wouldn't win any awards for housekeeping, but our house is clean enough — it's not filthy, unhygienic, or unsafe. We're not going to be ambushed on any house-cleaning reality shows …

Bradelor! DUN!: A Not New Enough Beginning
January 4, 2011 · 28 Comments
Bradelor! DUN!: A Not New Enough Beginning

To date, I've only seen one season of The Bachelor — the one I recapped for TWoP, which happened to feature Brad Womack and his "horrible" "rejection" of two women he barely knew and did …

Against the Machine (for no good reason)
January 3, 2011 · 22 Comments
<I>Against the Machine</I> (for no good reason)

I have a mildly antagonistic relationship with my BlackBerry — I name all the significant inanimate objects in my life; this one's called "the Dingle," so there you go — but I admit that I …

Tomato Nation Read-Along #7: Poll
January 2, 2011 · 3 Comments
Tomato Nation Read-Along #7: Poll

New year, new batch of books to choose from! David Foster Wallace finally got his moment last time, but there's another Wallace-adjacent book in the poll this time around, we've got a couple of true-crime-ish …

The Vine: December 31, 2010
December 31, 2010 · 13 Comments
The Vine: December 31, 2010

I'm hoping your readers can help me find a video clip I'm looking for. Unfortunately, this all happened before YouTube (say 1999 to 2005-ish), or I'm sure it would be everywhere.
Years ago, my sister …

The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Winter Meetings
December 29, 2010 · 2 Comments
The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Winter Meetings

If you thought I'd forgotten all about the TN Fall Classic, well, I've got news for you: I…kind of did. Okay, not really, but other things (the studio, the N Candy AA, the painting project …

The Vine: December 29, 2010
December 29, 2010 · 129 Comments
The Vine: December 29, 2010

Two weeks ago, my fiancé, J, went to sleep and didn't wake up the next day. He was 31 years old, generally healthy, and we still don't know exactly what happened. We are waiting for …

The Crushed Film Festival presents: Backdraft
December 29, 2010 · 16 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>Backdraft</I>

The Movie: Backdraft
The Crush Object: Kurt Russell
The Story: The Netflix plot summary pretty much covers it: "[Firefighter] brothers Brian and Stephen McCaffrey (William Baldwin and Kurt Russell) are battling each other over past slights while …