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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!

Schlemiel World
June 19, 2000 · No Comment

I spent most of the weekend held hostage by a Real World marathon on MTV. At least I had an excuse this time – I had to tape the Boston season in its entirety for …

What's In A Name?
June 19, 2000 · No Comment

I am cheap. I am also an inveterate impulse buyer with a hillock of credit-card debt, and I will probably wind up with "the Will Rogers of shoes" carved on my tombstone, given that I …

Mysteries Of The Brain
June 19, 2000 · No Comment

Back in the day, my childhood best friend Agent Weiss and I practically lived outdoors during our free time, roaming the neighborhood, gathering flowers and amusing rocks, scoping out potential fort locations, crashing our bicycles …

The Vine: June 19, 2000
June 19, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
I was invited to a wedding by a childhood friend of mine who I haven't been in touch with or seen in four years.My entire family is attending although I don't feel like going.There's …

The Vine: June 17, 2000
June 17, 2000 · No Comment

And now, a member of the theater community comments on a previous letter…

As a theatrical director and producer, let me just pass on to you that the girl in [yesterday's] Vine shouldn't put herself in …

The Vine: June 15, 2000
June 15, 2000 · No Comment

Sars -
I got into a good graduate school for drama, but I'm financially confused.I don't have any undergraduate loans because my parents were kind enough to fork over the tuition, so I was shocked to …

The Vine: June 14, 2000
June 14, 2000 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
I just read your advice to Laurel in Cleveland. I can shed some light on this, being from there as well, and knowing where she's coming from and moving to. (Also, since I've been …

The Vine: June 13, 2000
June 13, 2000 · No Comment

Okay, here's the deal.I've been dating my boyfriend for about a year.It's been long distance the whole time.Currently we're about 250 miles away from each other and we see each other a couple times a …

The Vine: June 12, 2000
June 12, 2000 · No Comment

Here's my problem.I have a formal wedding to attend in a few weeks, and I don't have any dresses in my closet that are appropriate (or that my friends haven't seen me in a million …

The Vine: June 9, 2000
June 9, 2000 · No Comment

Help!I live in Cleveland, Ohio and I'm trying to move to NYC. I work in fundraising development and just received word about a great job at a prominent theater. I know the cost of living …