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"I wrote 63 songs this year. They're all about Jeter." Just kidding. The game we love, the players we hate, and more.

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From Norman Mailer to Wendy Pepper — everything on film, TV, books, music, and snacks (shut up, raisins), plus the Girls' Bike Club.

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Stories, True and Otherwise

Monologues, travelogues, fiction, and fart humor. And hens. Don't forget the hens.

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!

London Calling
July 15, 2002 · No Comment

Sarah: So how's the packing going?
Couch Baron: Ugh. I just threw away twenty garbage bags of stuff.
Sarah: I didn't know you had twenty garbage bags of stuff, much less to throw away.
Couch Baron: Neither did …

The Vine: July 12, 2002
July 12, 2002 · No Comment

Sars,
You mentioned in your response to "Been There, Done That" that you had to acknowledge at some point that you'd "make a sucky reporter." If you don't mind using Vine space to talk a bit …

The Vine: July 11, 2002
July 11, 2002 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I felt just like Go Back for four years when I went through B.S., round one. My undergraduate institution sucked the joy of science right out of me. But I was able to renew …

The Vine: July 10, 2002
July 10, 2002 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
The letter from Take Me Out To A Ballgame…Any Ballgame reminded me of a column by the Sports Guy called "Rules For Being A True Fan." I don't agree with all of it, but …

The Vine: July 9, 2002
July 9, 2002 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
On a recent trip to England during World Cup season, I discovered a difference in usage that drove me nuts. They insist on referring to national teams in the mulitiple person sense. I have …

Love Hurts
July 8, 2002 · No Comment

It's Monday. It's the first day of the week. It's early afternoon on the first day of the week, and already I desperately need a nap, if by "a nap" I actually mean…er, actually, I …

The Vine: July 3, 2002
July 3, 2002 · No Comment

Sars, I love your advice, and while I think you were essentially correct with No Clever, there's a lot between the lines in her letter. And I have to disagree that it's not about fairness. …

The Vine: July 2, 2002
July 2, 2002 · No Comment

Hey Sars,
I've been with my boyfriend for well over a year, and for some reason (neither of us knows how it came up, quite frankly), we've been discussing having a threesome with another girl. I …

Crazy With The Heat
July 1, 2002 · No Comment

It's Monday. It's the first day of the week. It's early afternoon on the first day of the week, and already I desperately need a nap, if by "a nap" I actually mean "to hibernate …

The Vine: June 28, 2002
June 28, 2002 · No Comment

Sars,
I am a 21-year-old male college junior, on the ugly side of average, and generally pretty nondescript.Two years ago, I was diagnosed with social phobia.I've taken three medicines for this and gone to both individual …