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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 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 …

May 14, 2009 · No Comment

My latest 90210 recap at SOAPnet:

Silver certainly won't win again next year, since she uses the occasion to deliver a speech about how she's had a hard year and she doesn't know who she is …

The Things They Carried
May 11, 2009 · 42 Comments

They're all dead.But in a story, which is a kind of dreaming, the dead sometimes smile and sit up and return to the world.

When I open a book and begin to read, and I have …

May 8, 2009 · 24 Comments

Thanks to all your donations in the TN Contest '08, I got to meet Jerry Yang of Yahoo! yesterday. Pictured: Jerry and I try to act natural while plotting world domination.
A big thank-you to Nicki …

The Vine: May 8, 2009
May 8, 2009 · 44 Comments

Hello Sars,
Longtime reader, first-time questioner! Here's my dilemma: I have insane, ridiculous, sensitive skin. No eczema or rosacea, just really pale, really hyper-sensitive skin. Because of this, I generally skip a lot of makeup.
But there …

"I was almost excommunicated in the second grade"
May 3, 2009 · 16 Comments

I never read the Sunday Times anymore, really, but I bought a copy of it today because I'm moving (no big whoop, just within Brooklyn, and more on that later but the moving process is …

The Vine: May 1, 2009
May 1, 2009 · 38 Comments

Hello Sars,
Sometime back in 1976-1980, I had a Snoopy plush doll that was about 10" (or so) tall, and one could buy outfits for him separately.There was a motorcycle outfit, a baseball outfit, a pajamas …