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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!

Andrew Johnston, RIP
October 28, 2008 · 16 Comments
Andrew Johnston, RIP

My friend Andrew Johnston passed away on Sunday. You can read an interview I did with him on TWoP about TV criticism here.
I wish I could find the original sound file for that and post …

Update: 10/25, 9:30 AM
October 25, 2008 · 73 Comments
Update: 10/25, 9:30 AM

Last time I checked, 101K.That means that we've beat last year's figure.
Another figure for you: best as I can guess, around the time I crossed the state line into Jersey yesterday, the Tomato Nation readership …

October 24, 2008 · 40 Comments

Thank you, Nation.

Update: 10/24, 11 AM
October 24, 2008 · 60 Comments

Just FYI, I am traveling today; comments/emails may not get addressed until late tonight.I'll do my best to keep up, and I appreciate your patience.
Nearly at 89K as of this writing. Words fail me.
Happily, words …

The Vine: October 24, 2008
October 24, 2008 · 29 Comments

Dear Sars,

I'm hosting an Alfred Hitchcock marathon on Halloween. I was planning onjust screening three films, but tonight I found the first two seasons of AlfredHitchcock Presents and three seasons of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour …

Update: 10/23, 5:15 PM
October 23, 2008 · 19 Comments

$83,263 right now. Daaaaaaang.
Also: mini-prize! Awesome reader Jess has offered the following prizes to any reader who donates to "Crochet Club": a dark-grey-and-white knitted stocking cap/beanie as a main mini-prize, plus 2 knitted dishclothsand 2 …

Match Game
October 23, 2008 · 23 Comments

I'm so excited for the money to kick in, I blanked my blank!
Sorry; little GSN "humor" for you there. The match is ON, my generous friends. Let's get this done.
(Note: projects already half funded won't …

Update: 10/23, 9:40 AM
October 23, 2008 · 10 Comments

75K and change at the moment; just waiting for the match to go into the system. Great, great work; it's much easier from here, I think, which is nice with just a week left.
Today, before …

Update: 10/23, midnightish
October 23, 2008 · 5 Comments

Nice work. I've notified DC to flip the switch on the match, but it may not take effect until business hours tomorrow; thanks in advance for your patience.
And thanks right now for your awesome-osity.

The Vine: October 22, 2008
October 22, 2008 · 47 Comments

Hi there,
I'm having a bit of an etiquette issue. I'm friends with a number of people who are part of a larger circle that could possibly and has been often described as hipster. That's fine. …