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!

Home » Archive by Category

Articles in Culture and Criticism

Nebraska: Dreams from his father
December 16, 2013 – 9:15 AM | One Comment
<em>Nebraska</em>: Dreams from his father

Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), a disheveled and mulishly taciturn alcoholic, is determined to get from Billings, MT to Lincoln, NE to collect the magazine sweepstakes he's sure he's won.

Prisoners: What else is missing
November 30, 2013 – 8:38 AM | 3 Comments
<em>Prisoners</em>: What else is missing

Movies' understanding of "working class" or "poor" interiors doesn't work; it's distracting. I'm talking about the physical design of the homes, the tables and couches. The implication is that the character or family in question …

N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 3: Vote!
November 21, 2013 – 11:00 AM | 10 Comments
N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 3: Vote!

Augh! I love Breton; I love Town House; I just had Club Crackers with my red-pepper soup at lunch!

N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 2: Vote!
November 14, 2013 – 10:00 AM | 6 Comments
N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 2: Vote!

Wait, I was wrong, Cheez-Its and Goldfish aficionados — those aren't the indistinguishable two, it's Cheez-Its and Cheese Nips that are carbon cracker copies of one another.

N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 1: Vote!
November 12, 2013 – 11:27 AM | 11 Comments
N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 1: Vote!

Ohhhhh God. I just…where do I…why? God. This is impossible! And this isn't even the hardest one!

N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 5: Vote!
October 29, 2013 – 9:15 AM | 7 Comments
N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 5: Vote!

…Oh my. I just absolutely have no idea what's going to become of Flight 5, because I just absolutely have no idea what I might vote for my own self.

N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 4: Vote!
October 25, 2013 – 9:32 AM | 15 Comments
N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 4: Vote!

The fourth flight distinguishes itself with me primarily via all the crackers in it that I hate.

N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 3: Vote!
October 21, 2013 – 10:00 AM | 19 Comments
N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 3: Vote!

Okay, whoa. Graham crackers, Triscuits original, AND Wheat Thins original in this round?

The Trials of Muhammad Ali: A fomental institution
October 19, 2013 – 10:37 AM | 2 Comments
<em>The Trials of Muhammad Ali</em>: A fomental institution

Bill Siegel's The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a riveting hour and a half, and that isn't surprising given its subject, one of the most charismatic humans ever.

N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 2: Vote!
October 15, 2013 – 9:30 AM | 24 Comments
N Cracker AA Round 1 Flight 2: Vote!

Does anyone else remember that Premium Saltines commercial where a sleeve of the crackers is tossed into the ocean to demonstrate how watertight it is?