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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 9, 2007
February 9, 2007 · No Comment

Hiya Sars —
Not that I'm surprised, but you and the readers seem to be able to come up with the answer to just about anything so far.
I think I read it in Reader's Digest years …

The Vine: February 7, 2007
February 7, 2007 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
As much as I hate to admit we have the same style, my mother and I both own the wrinkle-resistant tops from Eddie Bauer.
They're a little pricey, I admit, but since they're damn near …

Cultural Undertow Committee
February 6, 2007 · 2 Comments

Of all the emails I received about last week's entry, the most disappointed ones came from people I know in real life — people, in other words, who know exactly what I waste my time …

The Vine: February 6, 2007
February 6, 2007 · No Comment

It's not a book, it's a story that was published in Sassy magazine's December '92 reader-produced issue called "Snow White" by Grace Hu (it was their fiction contest winner):
"Past Halloweens I had dressed up in …

The Vine: February 2, 2007
February 2, 2007 · No Comment
The Vine: February 2, 2007

Dear Sars,
My boyfriend's apartment has a fairly serious case of bedbugs. He's tried a bunch of things to get rid of them (he got an airproof mattress cover and has done a complete, deep clean …

The Vine: February 1, 2007
February 1, 2007 · No Comment

"Me Too" should look into Timbuk2 bags. They're REALLY high quality, you can customize what colors you want them to be, and most of them have several organizer pockets for pens, cell phone, et cetera. …

The Vine: January 31, 2007
January 31, 2007 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
I've had good luck with
Much of their stuff is halter-neck style, but I did a little looking and came up with several things with sleeves that I think would work.

Cultural Oversight Committee
January 30, 2007 · 2 Comments

It's Oscar season again, and just like every year, I've seen maybe two of the movies in contention and can "look forward to" forcing myself to watch one film per day every day until the …

The Vine: January 26, 2007
January 26, 2007 · No Comment

Hey Sars,
A friend has asked me to be his date for a 200-person semi-formal wedding next month. He is the best man, if that matters at all.
I have no idea what to wear. I've been …