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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!

DVR Break-Up: Brothers & Sisters
March 3, 2009 · 31 Comments
DVR Break-Up: <I>Brothers & Sisters</I>

It's not an official break-up yet, but I may need some space, some time to figure out if this is what I really want.
The show isn't bad; the acting is still top-notch, and the cast …

The Vine: February 27, 2009
February 27, 2009 · 49 Comments

I recently wrote a blog entry about a book I've been looking for, the second novel from a writer whose first book I loved.The entire entry is here.
A couple of years ago, I bought a …

The Crushed Film Festival presents: Crossing the Bridge
February 25, 2009 · 24 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>Crossing the Bridge</I>

by Sarah D. Bunting
The Movie: Crossing the Bridge
The Crush Object: Josh Charles
The Story: Stuck in a post-high-school rut, Mort (Charles) must decide whether a cross-border drug run is a solution to his problems, and whether …

The Vine: February 25, 2009
February 25, 2009 · 43 Comments

Hi Sarah,
I do PR for a living (and with that comes a lot of writing and editing) and recently came across a dilemma.
When you are saying that someone "authored an article" (as opposed to "wrote …

Sober House: Discuss.
February 25, 2009 · 15 Comments

I've got a Vine and a Crushed Film Festival entry in progress, but while you wait for those, you can discuss the latest Sober House-nanigans here. Linda and I have had a brief IM -versation …

The Vine: February 20, 2009
February 20, 2009 · 92 Comments

Hi Sars,
I'm after advice on a beauty issue that I hope the readers might be able to help me with, although it isn't as fun as suggesting a new nail polish.

The Vine: February 18, 2009
February 18, 2009 · 106 Comments

Hi Sars,
This is somewhere between a language and a societal question, so I figure you're the perfect person to answer it.
What's up with straight women referring to their female friends as "girlfriend"?This is hardly a …

The Crushed Film Festival presents: Kuffs
February 17, 2009 · 46 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>Kuffs</I>

by Sarah D. Bunting
The Movie: Kuffs
The Crush Object(s): Christian Slater; Tony Goldwyn
The Story: Charming commitphobe George Kuffs (Slater) is forced to grow up in a hurry when gangsters kill his brother Brad (Bruce Boxleitner) and …

The Crushed Film Festival presents: Suspect
February 15, 2009 · 38 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>Suspect</I>

by Sarah D. Bunting
The Movie: Suspect
The Crush Object: Dennis Quaid
The Story: Public defender Kathleen Riley (Cher) gets saddled with what looks like an unwinnable case — her homeless client, Carl Wayne Anderson (Liam Neeson), has …

The Crushed Film Festival presents: The 24th Day
February 15, 2009 · 17 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>The 24th Day</I>

by John "the Couch Baron" Ramos
The Movie: The 24th Day
The Crush Object: Scott Speedman
The Story: Dan (James Marsden) is out at a bar with his hag friend (Sofia Vergara), whom he puts in a cab …