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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!

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

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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 …

The Vine: July 8, 2009
July 8, 2009 · 80 Comments

How do you alphabetize a list containing items starting with numbers? I remember learning back in the day that you do it as if you were writing the number out. So "5th" goes under F, …

N Cereal AA: The Sweet 16
July 7, 2009 · 56 Comments
N Cereal AA: The Sweet 16

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1 Rice Krispies vs. 4 Lucky Charms. …Ouch.This match-up could serve as an indicator of what we can expect once the winners in each draw face off.Will you …

Blue Velvet
July 6, 2009 · 30 Comments
<I>Blue Velvet</I>

David Lynch is, for me, an odd case.Everything he's doing in a given film, the nods to and lifts from noir, the dreamy callbacks, the pointed ugliness in the candy coating, I can get behind …

The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching, and Life on the Mound
July 6, 2009 · 2 Comments
<I>The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching, and Life on the Mound</I>

I'd fooled myself into thinking I was a key part of the team, and that if there were cuts to be made they would come from the bottom. It's like that old line about being …

The Vine: July 3, 2009
July 3, 2009 · 8 Comments

Hi Sars,
I've been wracking my brain for weeks, now, trying to remember this book I read when I was a little kid. I'm really at an impasse, as my memory of it is pretty patchy, …

Breakfast; Wimbledon
July 2, 2009 · 2 Comments

The current rounds of the N Cereal AA will close tomorrow; we'll return with the Sweet 16 on Monday. While you wait, enjoy the Wimbledon Drinking Game I helped Joe R to craft, or vote …

The Vine: July 1, 2009
July 1, 2009 · 84 Comments

Hi Sars,
The story is this: I am a 21-year-old high-school graduate who has spent about four years on a two-year degree because of lack of focus, lack of money, and lack of "motivation."
Oh, also home-schooled …