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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 13, 2012
January 13, 2012 · 112 Comments
The Vine: January 13, 2012

I have hair. And when I say that, I mean I have hair. It doesn't go far past my shoulders, but it is thick, and coarse, and full of weird waves and cowlicks. It has …

The Hour
January 11, 2012 · 5 Comments
<I>The Hour</I>

The Hour is greater than the sum of its parts, which isn't to say that it's great, exactly. It has a lot of problems: anachronistic language; feet-planted speechifying, also rather anachronistic, about marriage and the …

The Vine: January 11, 2012
January 11, 2012 · 30 Comments
The Vine: January 11, 2012

My best friend is just that because she's fun, honest, caring, and a truly good person. I know I can count on her for…well, almost everything.
Here's the thing — BF believes she can't have a …

The Vine: January 6, 2012
January 6, 2012 · 53 Comments
The Vine: January 6, 2012

I wonder if the Nation can help me with a retail request. I'm a graduate student, and I've just split the seams on my trusty old backpack. I'm looking for a replacement that can hold …

The Vine: January 4, 2012
January 4, 2012 · 52 Comments
The Vine: January 4, 2012

Mine is a question involving grammar and preserving my sanity. I work for a very wealthy family who, rather than solely passing on genetic markers, pass on one particularly grievous grammatical error. It started with …

Word Of The Day: "tweedious"
January 2, 2012 · 25 Comments
Word Of The Day: "tweedious"

tweedious. adj. 1. portmanteau of "twee" and "tedious." 2. portmanteau of "tweet" and "tedious."
I assumed the first definition is the obvious one, but when I said the word aloud with no context, Wing defined it …

31/31: Pariah
December 31, 2011 · One Comment
31/31: <I>Pariah</I>

Get me a beer, please.
It's Sunday morning!
It goes with the spaghetti!
Pariah is in many ways a standard sexual-identity coming-of-age story. Teenager Alike (Adepero Oduye) (and it's pronounced "ah-LEE-kay"…geddit?) is gay, and outside the …

30/31: Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974
December 30, 2011 · 10 Comments
30/31: <I>Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974</I>

I get to a point in a film-watching sprint where I begin to wonder if I can recognize a good film any longer. I'll hit a C-minus/D-plus patch, which is usually only two or three …

The Vine: December 30, 2011
December 30, 2011 · 13 Comments
The Vine: December 30, 2011

After seeing the Vine readers find so many lost books, I'm hoping they have enough arcane knowledge to help with this. I'm looking not for a lost book, but for a lost joke.
My family …

29/31: The tin ear of The Iron Lady
December 29, 2011 · 8 Comments
29/31: The tin ear of <I>The Iron Lady</I>

"One must be brave if one is to take the wheel." — Margaret Thatcher, teaching her daughter to drive, and the rest of us how not to write
Imagine the movies that the life of Margaret …