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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 Runner
January 6, 2009 · 4 Comments

Good writing; bad example of the genre.

Man On Wire
January 5, 2009 · 14 Comments
<I>Man On Wire</I>

While watching Man On Wire, I kept wondering to myself, "Why isn't that guy bugging the crap out of me? He's tweeing around the streets of Paris on a unicycle with his Mick Jagger hair …

The Vine: January 2, 2009
January 2, 2009 · 9 Comments

Seven years ago in freshman English, we read a book that I've almost forgotten but am dying to reread.
A girl grows up in a small African-American community and lives with her great aunt or …

The Enforcer
December 31, 2008 · 3 Comments
<I>The Enforcer</I>

It's not an unlikeable movie; it has good bits, and Eastwood's reaction shots as Harry during certain exchanges almost imbue The Enforcer with a point.
But the plot is both excessively convoluted and not meaty enough …

December 29, 2008 · 26 Comments

I DVR'd this initially because I expected it to suck really bad, in that special way a Timothy "I Won An Oscar, So I Just Won't Even Try" Hutton project sometimes has of sucking.
It doesn't …

The Vine: December 26, 2008
December 26, 2008 · 10 Comments

This one is for you and the readers. Last summer I was studying abroad in Italy for a month and discovered these awesome little cookies in the grocery stores there. It's pretty much my favorite …

Pete Rose has a MySpace page
December 22, 2008 · 21 Comments

And it's freakin' hideous.
I don't know why Pete ROSE of all goddamn people lives in Las Vegas, the gambling capital of North America, but if he's going to live there, and he's going to sign …

Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father
December 21, 2008 · 45 Comments
<I>Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father</I>

I don't really know what to say about Kurt Kuenne's documentary, because to describe it in a way that won't discourage you from seeing it will in turn spoil you.┬áThe official website of the film …

The Vine: December 19, 2008
December 19, 2008 · 23 Comments

Hi Sars,
I'm hoping you and your readers will be able help me and my colleagues out. A treasured co-worker is leaving us to return home after working here in America for the last three years. …

Odds; ends
December 18, 2008 · 20 Comments

A comprehensive piece by Omar G on Twittiquette/Twitter annoyances.
My new favorite site, via Glark: Sexy People.
My latest Dirty Sexy Money write-up for SOAPnet. (SHUT UP, LISA.)