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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: February 3, 2016
February 3, 2016 · 26 Comments
The Vine: February 3, 2016

I've just watched The Revenant and there's a scene where Leo climbs inside a dead animal for warmth.

The Vine: January 27, 2016
January 27, 2016 · 13 Comments
The Vine: January 27, 2016

Assuming you aren't utterly sick of him, I was wondering if your opinion of Pete Rose has changed since it came out he bet on games not just as a manager, but as a player? …

Batkid Begins: Doing The Wave
January 22, 2016 · 2 Comments
<em>Batkid Begins</em>: Doing The Wave

I think perhaps Netflix should consider bundling DVDs of Kurt Kuenne projects with those purse packs of Kleenex.

The Vine: January 20, 2016
January 20, 2016 · 4 Comments
The Vine: January 20, 2016

There are a number of books I read as a younger woman that I wish I could find and read again, but for whatever reason, this one has been bedeviling me of late.

The Vine: January 13, 2016
January 13, 2016 · 5 Comments
The Vine: January 13, 2016

So, there's a short story I read in high school that I remember very little about, except for a few key details:

Film Fiber: Jaws
January 7, 2016 · 14 Comments
Film Fiber: <em>Jaws</em>

Roy Scheider is the most underrated actor of his generation. I am NOT a crackpot.

The Vine: January 6, 2016
January 6, 2016 · 12 Comments
The Vine: January 6, 2016

I adopted 3 littermates very recently. I've known them since they were 5 weeks old; they are now about 5 months old, and since day one with me have been settling into their furever home. …

The Vine: December 16, 2015
December 16, 2015 · 20 Comments
The Vine: December 16, 2015

I'm writing to you with yet another cat question as I know you've introduced new cats into your house at different times over the years.

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Working Girl
December 11, 2015 · 21 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>Working Girl</em>

A head for business and a nom for sin.

The Vine: December 9, 2015
December 9, 2015 · 17 Comments
The Vine: December 9, 2015

There's a scene from a film that I saw, perhaps in the '90s, perhaps earlier, that I can't get out of my head due to its sheer irreverence and ballsiness, but for the life of …