Order Of The Shallows: French Open 2016
May 30, 2016 · 3 Comments

Welcome back to the tennis hotness rankings — now known to those with the secret handshake (yeah: that's you) as Order Of The Shallows!

Baseball

"I wrote 63 songs this year. They're all about Jeter." Just kidding. The game we love, the players we hate, and more.

Culture and Criticism

From Norman Mailer to Wendy Pepper — everything on film, TV, books, music, and snacks (shut up, raisins), plus the Girls' Bike Club.

Donors Choose and Contests

Helping public schools, winning prizes, sending a crazy lady in a tomato costume out in public.

Stories, True and Otherwise

Monologues, travelogues, fiction, and fart humor. And hens. Don't forget the hens.

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

The Vine: April 20, 2016
April 20, 2016 · 23 Comments

vine

I'm getting married this summer. I'm thrilled to be marrying my favorite person after eight years together and if I were the sole decision-maker in the relationship, we would simply go to the clerk of courts and get the paperwork filed and it would be a done deal.

Read the full story »

MASTAS Episode 6: Jesus Christ Superstar's Noxious Balladry
April 15, 2016 · One Comment
MASTAS Episode 6: <em>Jesus Christ Superstar</em>'s Noxious Balladry

There's a little Broadway and a little rage as we talk about "I Don't Know How To Love Him."

MASTAS Episode 5: Cam, "Mayday"
April 8, 2016 · No Comment
MASTAS Episode 5: Cam, "Mayday"

In Episode 5, we've got a brand-new coffeehouse verzh of our MASTAS theme song — and lots of thoughts about the dramaturgical rigors of country music (…you heard us).

MASTAS Episode 4: Ellie Goulding, "Codes"
April 1, 2016 · 2 Comments
MASTAS Episode 4: Ellie Goulding, "Codes"

In MASTAS Episode 4, we're riding the sweet wave of Ellie Goulding's "Codes," while also pondering Swedish hitmakers, songs that help us get over terrible boyfriends, and that band from the Buffy soundtrack that Sarah …

MASTAS: Episode 3: Madonna, "Get Together"
March 25, 2016 · One Comment
MASTAS: Episode 3: Madonna, "Get Together"

In Episode 3, MASTAS FINALLY gets to Madonna. What took us so long?!

MASTAS Episode 2: Luscious Jackson, "Naked Eye"
March 22, 2016 · 3 Comments
MASTAS Episode 2: Luscious Jackson, "Naked Eye"

In Episode 2 of MASTAS, Sarah asks us to ponder "Naked Eye" by Luscious Jackson…

Introducing The Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs Podcast!
March 17, 2016 · 11 Comments
Introducing The Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs Podcast!

It's about crop rotation! (Hee.)

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 · 27 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.