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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: January 27, 2005
January 27, 2005 · No Comment

Hi Sars —
This isn't earth-shatteringly important, but I thought it couldn't hurt to
ask anyway. You said in a past Vine that you don't like Dickens' writing.
I was wondering — why not? Do you think it …

The Vine: January 26, 2005
January 26, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I am a 25-year-old woman with a major attitude problem. See? I'm the first
one to admit it. But I don't know what to do about it, and I'm really
scared that it's going to ruin …

The Vine: January 25, 2005
January 25, 2005 · No Comment

My boyfriend of almost a year has gone to teach English in Japan
for 12 months. I visited him in his second month for a few weeks, and
arrived home in Australia a month ago. I do …

The Subheroes Chapter 11: Sense and Sensibility
January 24, 2005 · No Comment

It's looking like snow. Jenny hopes it snows; snow dulls the old smells, makes it easier for Rina to work, plus maybe they'll open the bookstore late and she won't have to go in for …

The Vine: January 18, 2005
January 18, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I've had some good luck and some bad luck with the ladies in the past, but this current situation has me really confused. I'm a grad student and I met this undergrad girl (different …

25 And Over
January 17, 2005 · 216 Comments

If you have reached the age of 25, I have a bit of bad news for you, to wit: it is time, if you have not already done so, for you to emerge from your …

The Vine: January 15, 2005
January 15, 2005 · No Comment

Thank you so much for your answer to Vegan. I've been a vegetarian my entire 40 years (not a vegan — need the cheese) so certainly qualify to comment. In those 40 years I've inadvertently …

The Vine: January 13, 2005
January 13, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I have an extremely close family. We see each other daily, have a family business together, et cetera.
My sister, who is a lot older than me, got divorced two years ago from a guy …

The Vine: January 12, 2005
January 12, 2005 · No Comment

I can really feel for Mr. Feminist — I was his feminist friend. I still
own two copies of The Natural Superiority of Women, though I couldn't tell
you where they are. I attended Radical Lesbisan Feminist …

The Vine: January 11, 2005
January 11, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I am curious to hear your thoughts on my Christmas dilemma.
I will start by giving you some background on all the players. I got married earlier this year to someone whose parents live several …