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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!

This just in (or, rather, out): Master Stupidhead
June 15, 2009 · 100 Comments
This just in (or, rather, out): Master Stupidhead

Above: David Gardner Bunting III, born 13 June 2009, 7:45 PM, eight pounds, five ounces; and his favorite aunt. Everyone is healthy and in fine fettle, and the littlest Bunting is already submitting amiably to …

The Vine: June 12, 2009
June 12, 2009 · 50 Comments

Hi Sars,
I just agreed to be the matron of honor for my dear friend's wedding, and I have ten weeks to transform my 39-year-old self into the second-hottest babe on the planet.
I'm up to date …

Crazy Diamonds: The Wrestler and Criminal Law
June 11, 2009 · 32 Comments
Crazy Diamonds: <I>The Wrestler</I> and <I>Criminal Law</I>

I waited to watch The Wrestler, because I did want to see it right when it came out, but the press surrounding Mickey Rourke's performance quickly grew to a height that dwarfed the film itself …

The Vine: June 10, 2009
June 10, 2009 · 64 Comments

Dear Sars,
"Publicly" or "publically"? My instinct says the latter is preferable, but I see the former (which I HATE) more and more in print and online media. Online dictionaries claim they're synonymous. Am I being …

Baseball book-review three-pack: American Icon, The Last Nine Innings, and Seasons In Hell
June 6, 2009 · 11 Comments
Baseball book-review three-pack: <I>American Icon</I>, <I>The Last Nine Innings</I>, and <I>Seasons In Hell</I>

American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime is the work of four writers (Teri Thompson, Nathaniel Vinton, Michael O'Keeffe, and Christian Red), and you can kind of …

The Vine: June 5, 2009
June 5, 2009 · 45 Comments

Dear Sars,
I'm looking for a book I read as a kid or perhaps a teenager. It was about a boy who ran away from home and took up residence in an abandoned train station. I …

The Vine: June 3, 2009
June 3, 2009 · 62 Comments

Hi Sars,
I know that I am not the only one out there grappling with the awkwardness of losing colleagues to layoffs and "workforce reductions" right now but I haven't been able to find a good …

June 3, 2009 · 76 Comments

I thought, at this late date, that I'd heard pretty much every meow the cats had to offer. Aggrieved "yes, there's kibble in my bowl, but you have to come watch me eat it" wail? …

Silence Is The Enemy
June 1, 2009 · 4 Comments

Reader Scicurious asked me to pass word along of a blogosphere initiative to raise awareness of, and funds to fight, continuing sexual violence in Liberia.
To learn more and/or get involved via your own blog, visit …

The Vine: May 29, 2009
May 29, 2009 · 37 Comments

Hi Sars,
My new downstairs neighbors smoke and I'm very sensitive to it. In addition, the building I live in is VERY dusty. Therefore, I'm interested in purchasing an air purifier of some kind — but …