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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: November 14, 2012
November 14, 2012 · 39 Comments
The Vine: November 14, 2012

The good news first: I found out two days ago I will be offered my dream job. I have a boyfriend whom I've been dating for almost a decade and have lived together with for …

A Tale of Two Menendezes
November 12, 2012 · 12 Comments
A Tale of Two Menendezes

Two TV movies about the Menendez case came out within five weeks of each other in 1994: Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders, and Menendez: A Killing in Beverly …

The Vine: November 9, 2012
November 9, 2012 · 15 Comments
The Vine: November 9, 2012

A book (of course): young-adult, I was probably 12 or 13 when I read it (late '80s, early '90s), though the book may have been older than that. It was a ghost story; a young …

The Nause-AA After Hours: Ralph for the Roses
November 8, 2012 · 23 Comments
The Nause-AA After Hours: Ralph for the Roses

Update, 11/13/12: We have a winner! Taking home the grand prize is Kim with "hhooaarff"! Con…gratulations? Kim is joined on the podium by Elyse with "(HRRRRAAAAALLLFFFF)" and Maria with "SpeeYACK." Well done, readers. I'll contact …

The Vine: November 7, 2012
November 7, 2012 · 30 Comments
The Vine: November 7, 2012

I need reassurance.
My son's name is Atticus, and when I write about his belongings, I put an apostrophe plus an S. "Atticus's books." "Atticus's toys." "Atticus's room." But a few people have corrected me and …

The Nause-AA After Hours: Onomatopoll #3
November 3, 2012 · 10 Comments
The Nause-AA After Hours: Onomatopoll #3

Hello, everyone! You may remember that, during The Naus-AA proper, we talked about doing a master poll of all the vom sounds we came up with in the comments. Well, what better time than Halloween, when you've …

The Nause-AA After Hours: Onomatopoll #2
November 3, 2012 · 9 Comments
The Nause-AA After Hours: Onomatopoll #2

Hello, everyone! You may remember that, during The Naus-AA proper, we talked about doing a master poll of all the vom sounds we came up with in the comments. Well, what better time than Halloween, when you've …

The Vine: November 2, 2012
November 2, 2012 · 9 Comments
The Vine: November 2, 2012

I remember a young-adult book where a girl (I think she was something of an outcast…aren't they all in YA lit) painted theater sets in a way where they looked really crazy up close, but …

The Nause-AA After Hours: Onomatopoll #1
October 31, 2012 · 22 Comments
The Nause-AA After Hours: Onomatopoll #1

Hello, everyone! You may remember that, during The Naus-AA proper, we talked about doing a master poll of all the vom sounds we came up with in the comments. Well, what better time than Halloween, …

Film Fiber: Midnight Express and the Rosebud Conundrum
October 31, 2012 · 27 Comments
Film Fiber: <I>Midnight Express</I> and the Rosebud Conundrum

What is film fiber? It's the movies I feel it's necessary to have watched in order to participate in the cultural conversation. Canon, in other words, and whether it's good or enjoyable isn't the point. …