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Stories, True and Otherwise

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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!

"Mad World"
April 1, 2009 · 6 Comments

New 90210 recap up at Soapnet:

Silver needs to be alone for a while, too — in a padded room, because girlfriend has all-caps LOST IT. She and Dixon have taken their relationship to a somewhat …

TV Question Qorner: America's Next Top Plimpton, clowns hold YSL hostage, and more
March 30, 2009 · 23 Comments
TV Question Qorner: <I>America's Next Top Plimpton</I>, clowns hold YSL hostage, and more

Making the Band 4. I have a lot of questions, most of them concerning that hottest-of-messes white fur vest Diddy keeps showing up in. The man is a style icon; that is a fugly garment …

The Vine: March 25, 2009
March 25, 2009 · 17 Comments

Just one letter today; I'm traveling later and don't have as much time as I'd like.

Dear Sars,
I have a close group of friends that I have hung out with since high school, and we've all …'s tomato toss
March 23, 2009 · 5 Comments

In case you haven't seen this already because you set your spam filters to chuck emails from MoveOn — as many of us have; they're kinda chatty — you can play a tomato-toss game on …

The Vine: March 20, 2009
March 20, 2009 · 78 Comments

I have a jeans-related problem and thought the good people of the Tomato Nation might be able to help.
I have a round butt, and this is causing all my pants to fit strangely.I'd been wearing …

DVR Crush: Behind the Music
March 19, 2009 · 24 Comments

It's baaaaaaaaack!

The Vine: March 18, 2009
March 18, 2009 · 36 Comments

Here's mine: it was an independent film, I guess, probably came out in the early-to-mid-nineties but set, maybe, in the fifties. I saw it at the local art-house theater when I was young-middle school-ish.
I'm not …

Shut up, St. Patrick's Day
March 16, 2009 · 99 Comments
Shut up, St. Patrick's Day

Ireland, Irish people, Irish culture, Irish Spring soap, Kathy Ireland — I've got no beef with them, corned or otherwise. I could do without shitty Oirish accents of film and television, but that's not Ireland's …

DC Trip: Pix!
March 16, 2009 · 22 Comments
DC Trip: Pix!

The TN Flickr group is here; you can also see a more complete catalog — including my utterly graceless carousel dismount, and a few snaps in which I look 1) drunk and 2) about to …

March 15, 2009 · 17 Comments

Full update shortly, but here's one to hold you (photo compliments of reader M.E.B.). This is me in the No Child Left Behind hut in front of the Department of Education:

Thanks so much to everyone …