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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 Crushed Film Festival presents: The Runner
June 21, 2010 · 21 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>The Runner</I>

The Movie: The Runner
The Crush Object: Ron Eldard
The Story: Compulsive gambler Edward (Eldard), who has obviously chosen to continue living in Las Vegas, gets a job through his Uncle Rocco (Joe Mantegna) as a runner …

The Vine: June 18, 2010
June 18, 2010 · 75 Comments
The Vine: June 18, 2010

Hi Sars,
I have a perfect birthday gift idea for my sister. At least, two-thirds of a perfect birthday gift. I'm hoping you or your readers can help me find the final third.
My sister loves …

The Vine: June 16, 2010
June 16, 2010 · 28 Comments
The Vine: June 16, 2010

Dear Sars,
I am having a bit of a family drama that I am hoping you can help me resolve. Here's a little background: I have a cousin, let's call her "Marie," that I grew up …

It's My Party
June 16, 2010 · 15 Comments
<I>It's My Party</I>

A cable channel I watched frequently in the mid-nineties — I don't remember which one; probably HBO — got the rights to It's My Party, and the repellent promos, in which a woman simpered "it's …

Anti-Word Of The Day: "rave-up"
June 14, 2010 · 32 Comments
Anti-Word Of The Day: "rave-up"

The Anti-Word Of The Day is, as you have probably guessed, not a word or term I want to catch on, but rather one which I would like to drop headfirst into a vat of …

Squared Up: Pitchers "hitting," Perez "ailing"
June 12, 2010 · 9 Comments
Squared Up: Pitchers "hitting," Perez "ailing"

Welcome to Squared Up, a new featurette in which I address various baseball questions and debates of the week. I don't know yet how often I'll do it or what day it will usually run, …

The Vine: June 11, 2010
June 11, 2010 · 28 Comments
The Vine: June 11, 2010

I've been trying to remember the name of a movie I rented back in the day and it is making me crazy. I've tried all the usual searching tactics with no luck. So, since TN …

Tomato Nation Read-Along #1: Going In Circles, by Pamela Ribon
June 10, 2010 · 27 Comments
Tomato Nation Read-Along #1: <I>Going In Circles</I>, by Pamela Ribon

Also! Live chat with Ms. Ribon herself Wednesday 30 June. Stay tuned.
The readers have spoken! Our first TN Read-Along book is Going In Circles, by Pamela Ribon. All y'all Kindlings …

The Vine: June 9, 2010
June 9, 2010 · 41 Comments
The Vine: June 9, 2010

Interested in a TN read-along? Vote for a book or two now!
When my husband and I take a cab with a single friend of ours who happens to live nearby, do we pay 50 percent …

A Tomato Nation Read-Along: Discuss
June 8, 2010 · 44 Comments
A Tomato Nation Read-Along: Discuss

A few readers mentioned here that they'd like to do a TN read-along. I love the idea, in theory.
In practice, we might have a couple of issues, the first of which is book selection. I …