"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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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 14, 2015
January 14, 2015 · 10 Comments
The Vine: January 14, 2015

I recently broke up with someone I am now pretty sure is depressed. My question is: do I reach out and tell him this and if so, what do I say?

13/31: Bad Girls
January 13, 2015 · 3 Comments
13/31: <em>Bad Girls</em>

Couch Baron and I planned to do a dialogue-style review of Bad Girls, but then CB fell asleep.

12/31: Smash His Camera
January 12, 2015 · No Comment
12/31: <em>Smash His Camera</em>

Or, "The Amour Fou-to Between Jackie O And The Godfather Of American Paparazzi."

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Grosse Pointe Blank
January 12, 2015 · 19 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>Grosse Pointe Blank</em>

Reader Rayvyn is shooting to kill with a Cusack joint.

11/31: Shenandoah
January 11, 2015 · No Comment
11/31: <em>Shenandoah</em>

One of the things I love best about 31 Films In 31 Days is the subpatterns that emerge.

10/31: Nightcrawler
January 10, 2015 · 3 Comments
10/31: <em>Nightcrawler</em>

What a performance by Jake Gyllenhaal — and what a performance by Dan Gilroy.

9/31: Into The Woods
January 10, 2015 · 11 Comments
9/31: <em>Into The Woods</em>

"Oh dear. How uneasy I feel. Perhaps it's all the sweets." – my new ringtone.

8/31: Happy Christmas
January 8, 2015 · 4 Comments
8/31: <em>Happy Christmas</em>

The last scene in Happy Christmas — technically not a scene — is its best, and most frustrating.

7/31: Gone Girl
January 7, 2015 · 8 Comments
7/31: <em>Gone Girl</em>

I really wanted to like Gone Girl, and I thought I might reaaaaally hate it, because I gave up on the book 15 pages in.

The Vine: January 7, 2015
January 7, 2015 · 20 Comments
The Vine: January 7, 2015

I would love to ask the readers how I can find luggage that fits the following annoying criteria: