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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: April 24, 2009
April 24, 2009 · 59 Comments

Dear Sars,
My husband is driving me crazy. He's trying to remember a song he heard, oh, maybe five or 10 years ago, about the world ending (and no, it isn't REM's "End of the World …

The Yankee Years
April 23, 2009 · 12 Comments
<I>The Yankee Years</I>

On balance, an excellent read in spite of some frustrating overwriting.Plum-colored prose is a frequent fault of baseball books that I can tolerate at some times better than at others; here it's bothersome because Verducci …

"Psychic Friends"
April 22, 2009 · No Comment

The latest 90210 recap at

The Wilsons have finally sold their house in Kansas. The sole purpose of this development is apparently to inspire a subplot about Harry refusing to sell his Big Mouth Billy …

The Vine: April 22, 2009
April 22, 2009 · 50 Comments

Hey Sars,
I can't shake these feelings I have for a guy.
We dated for less than three months in the summer of 2007 (geez is right). Met at work, started light flirtations, and then took the …

Meet the Boosh
April 19, 2009 · 67 Comments
Meet the Boosh

I have another foster cat. Her provisional name is "the Tiny Boosh" (her silly shelter name is "Babooska [sic]," which obviously could not stand), but "La Bouche" is equally appropriate, as girlfriend weighed only 5 …

The Vine: April 17, 2009
April 17, 2009 · 45 Comments

Hi Sars,
I have a question for you and your readers about a vaguely remembered book from my childhood that I've been wondering about off and on for years.It was a Young Adult book; I think …

The Vine: April 15, 2009
April 15, 2009 · 71 Comments

Hang in there, taxable citizens.
Dear Sars…I suspect this letter is more for your readers' input than your own, but it's a topic I need some unbiased and impersonal advice on.
It has to do with drinking, …

RIP Kalas, Fidrych…and Wang's ERA
April 14, 2009 · 21 Comments
RIP Kalas, Fidrych…and Wang's ERA

Harry Kalas, legendary Phillies broadcaster, and Mark "The Bird" Fidrych both passed away yesterday. Tough week for baseball, but seeing Nick Swisher on the mound brightened things a bit, at least on this end.
Remembrances/bullpen jokes …

The Crushed Film Festival presents: Passion of Mind
April 13, 2009 · 23 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>Passion of Mind</I>

by Sarah D. Bunting

The Movie: Passion of Mind
The Crush Object: William Fichtner
The Story: When Marie (Demi Moore), a widow and mother of two daughters who lives in an Anthropologie catalo– er, "hillside villa in France" …

TV Question Qorner: ESPN's grief management, Coach the dragon-slayer, et cetera
April 11, 2009 · 11 Comments
TV Question Qorner: ESPN's grief management, Coach the dragon-slayer, et cetera

Baseball Tonight. No doubt they meant well, and what happened to Nick Adenhart is undeniably a tragic waste, but Thursday's Very Special Episode seemed to me like cynical pandering.I can barely trust BT to tell …