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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: 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 …

TV Question Qorner: family affairs, charisma vacuums, and my busted gaydar
May 25, 2009 · 43 Comments
TV Question Qorner: family affairs, charisma vacuums, and my busted gaydar

I moved, I went to California for a week, and I've only just now started digging my way out from under a pile of season finales. And I have some questions. Answer them for me, …

The Vine: May 22, 2009
May 22, 2009 · 29 Comments

I asked a question on Ask Metafilter when it stumped people, one of your readers suggested I send a note to you.I'm looking for a book of short-story mysteries that I read sometime back in …

The Vine: May 20, 2008
May 20, 2009 · 62 Comments

Help me.Please.I need to know what to do about my sister.I'm scared for her, and in the meantime, she's driving me nuts.
The background:she's in her mid-twenties; she's always had a conflicted relationship with my mother …

"Hello, Goodbye"
May 20, 2009 · No Comment

The season-finale 90210 recap for SOAPnet:

Weird episode — too much time wasted on the Brenda dream sequence, the stoned Wilsons, and Jen's wooden rendition of "scheming." Good acting in the Adrianna subplot didn't make up …

The Vine: May 15, 2009
May 15, 2009 · 62 Comments

FYI: Wednesday Vines will return next week. I happened to have cross-country flights on each of the last two Wednesdays, and forgot to mention it here, but the service interruption is a temporary one. Sorry …

AIDSWalk: Nap for the Cure
May 14, 2009 · 3 Comments
AIDSWalk: Nap for the Cure

Come celebrate the first ever Team SupersnackAIDS Nap!
AIDS Nap 2009 was conceived during previous AIDSWalk outings, whenmany Supersnackers looked around at the beautiful May day and opined that, whilewalking 6 miles in Central Park was …