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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 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. …

The Vine: October 31, 2012
October 31, 2012 · 29 Comments
The Vine: October 31, 2012

I have an awkward friendship question. I have a friend, who I've known since elementary school. We are fairly close, talk on the phone regularly, etc., and she is one of my only friends who …

Oh, Sandy: Your Frankenstorm Open Thread
October 27, 2012 · 82 Comments
Oh, Sandy: Your Frankenstorm Open Thread

Hey, friends. A misty rain is starting here in Brooklyn as of this writing, so it's time to open the Sandy thread. Information, anecdotes about travel, local updates, and meltdowns if your significant other is …