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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: July 29, 2009
July 29, 2009 · 56 Comments

Dear Sars,
My apologies up front for the length of this email and my thanks in advance for any advice you have for me.
I am a 32-year-old female. My brother (let's call him George) and his …

The Vacationing: July 2009 Edition
July 26, 2009 · 22 Comments
The Vacationing: July 2009 Edition

Typhus, the Brooklyn Dodgers of Flatbush, lesser Kennedys, seminal animé (say that five times fast), Argentine nutbars, and cod on the Cape — plus the N Cereal AA and the fall contest.These stories and more, …

The Vine: July 24, 2009
July 24, 2009 · 17 Comments

Hi there,
I thought you and the readers might be able to help me out with this.A few months ago, I saw a pair of great sneakers at DSW (the one in Union Square in NYC, …

The Vine: July 22, 2009
July 22, 2009 · 42 Comments

I'm on the road today, so until I get back to Brooklyn airspace, I'm leaving you with an Ask The Readers of my own about a book I read 25 years ago — part of …

N Cereal AA: The Final Four
July 20, 2009 · 29 Comments
N Cereal AA: The Final Four

Ready to vote? Click here. Confused? Click here.
Frosted Flakes vs. Honey Bunches of Oats. Honey Bunches of Oats is what I buy so that I can tell myself that cereal isn't just a sugary snack. …

Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
July 20, 2009 · 15 Comments
<I>Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of </I>Fitzcarraldo

Today the bat was still there.Someone had neatly laid a strip of toilet paper over it.It was dead, its position unchanged.I left it there and did not use the sink, not out of disgust or …

N Cereal AA: Elite Eight Runoff
July 20, 2009 · 14 Comments

…Hi! …Good, good. You know: vacay. What's up with you guys? …Awesome. So: cereals, right?
Every time I think it's safe to close the poll, Frosted Flakes climbs back into it. The rest of the bracket …

N Cereal AA: The Elite Eight
July 11, 2009 · 11 Comments
N Cereal AA: The Elite Eight

Ready to vote? Click here. Confused? Click here.

1 Rice Krispies vs. 2 Frosted Flakes. Wowie. Now this is a contest! I have to hand it to you fiber-loving TN voters: truly, these are the two …

The Vine: July 10, 2009
July 10, 2009 · 20 Comments

Hi, Sars. I have a question for your readers about pasta-makers.
I have a manual, hand-crank, metal pasta-maker and…it's broken. I feed dough in, and it gets stuck in the rollers, rather than emerging from the …

Support Local Biz: July 9, 2009
July 9, 2009 · 16 Comments

A few administrative notes before Lobster Roll Tour 2009 commences on Saturday…
As you may have deduced from the previous sentence, I'm going on vacation for a couple of weeks. I may have internet access; I …