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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 Big Short: The Moneyball of finance cinema
March 9, 2016 · 4 Comments
<em>The Big Short</em>: The <em>Moneyball</em> of finance cinema

And not just because it's also based on a Michael Lewis joint.

The Vine: March 2, 2016
March 2, 2016 · 28 Comments
The Vine: March 2, 2016

My main squeeze and I got engaged last year — fun! I will be moving into his house — and selling mine — this spring, and we are getting married in the fall.

The Vine: February 24, 2016
February 24, 2016 · 61 Comments
The Vine: February 24, 2016

Would love suggestions on new reading material. I love British mysteries, especially if they are a series.

The Vine: February 17, 2016
February 17, 2016 · 18 Comments
The Vine: February 17, 2016

I have a 21-year-old daughter, who is in her fourth year of college. The problem is she has tanked her last two semesters.

Simon Says Stay Curious
February 10, 2016 · 2 Comments
<em>Simon Says</em> Stay Curious

A short film co-starring Dirk Birthworthy.

The Vine: February 3, 2016
February 3, 2016 · 27 Comments
The Vine: February 3, 2016

I've just watched The Revenant and there's a scene where Leo climbs inside a dead animal for warmth.

The Vine: January 27, 2016
January 27, 2016 · 13 Comments
The Vine: January 27, 2016

Assuming you aren't utterly sick of him, I was wondering if your opinion of Pete Rose has changed since it came out he bet on games not just as a manager, but as a player? …

Batkid Begins: Doing The Wave
January 22, 2016 · 2 Comments
<em>Batkid Begins</em>: Doing The Wave

I think perhaps Netflix should consider bundling DVDs of Kurt Kuenne projects with those purse packs of Kleenex.

The Vine: January 20, 2016
January 20, 2016 · 4 Comments
The Vine: January 20, 2016

There are a number of books I read as a younger woman that I wish I could find and read again, but for whatever reason, this one has been bedeviling me of late.

The Vine: January 13, 2016
January 13, 2016 · 5 Comments
The Vine: January 13, 2016

So, there's a short story I read in high school that I remember very little about, except for a few key details: