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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 20, 2012
January 20, 2012 · 10 Comments
The Vine: January 20, 2012

About two to three years ago, I occasionally read a blog about a woman going through her second pregnancy. She had some kind of rare blood-clotting disorder that really only became a problem while pregnant. …

Tomato Nation Read-Along #14: Poll
January 19, 2012 · 14 Comments
Tomato Nation Read-Along #14: Poll

Plagues and Bible-thumpers hang on from our last poll, plus the Fug Girls, VJs, and a brick of a book about Nixon and Carter. Pick us out a good one!

The Vine: January 18, 2012
January 18, 2012 · 11 Comments
The Vine: January 18, 2012

"H" and I have been friends for seven years. For the first four, we were very close; then I moved schools and we both went to university, so we saw each other less often, but …

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 …