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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 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 …

The Last Years of the Brooklyn Dodgers
May 28, 2009 · 17 Comments
<I>The Last Years of the Brooklyn Dodgers</I>

It starts out well.Author Rudy Marzano cuts straight to correcting misconceptions and debunking myths about the Dodgers and their fans, and the tone has a very faint sour top note — a whiff of simultaneous …

The Vine: May 27, 2009
May 27, 2009 · 74 Comments

About fifteen years ago, my parents split up. They did not divorce and I've never really asked why. About a decade ago my dad moved in with a woman I think of as my stepmother.
My …

May 26, 2009 · 24 Comments

Welcome, new/temporary readers coming in from (And any other new readers, of course.) Happy to have you, and hear your comments. New readers and longtime companions, don't forget to have a look at the …