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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: 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 …

The Vine: August 6, 2010
August 6, 2010 · 15 Comments
The Vine: August 6, 2010

I need help finding this obscure short story I read back in the 5th grade, around 1985. It was a sci-fi time travel story, possibly written for a middle-grade/YA audience, and it was anthologized in …

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 …