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

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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: September 8, 2010
September 8, 2010 · 29 Comments
The Vine: September 8, 2010

Hi Sars,
You've said that we all want to have our exes admit it was all their fault and apologize — I just got that letter and I am not sure what to do about …

The Vine: September 3, 2010
September 3, 2010 · 13 Comments
The Vine: September 3, 2010

I'd love help finding two books, one for myself and one for a friend. Friend's is a children's book about a hunter who shoots the tail off a swamp monster and eats the tail. He …

The Vine: September 1, 2010
September 1, 2010 · 21 Comments
The Vine: September 1, 2010

My boyfriend of two years has four cats. He has three of them for almost 12 years and the youngest for four. These are his first pets (we're both in our late 30s) as he …

Update!: Jerk of Art
August 31, 2010 · 5 Comments
Update!: Jerk of Art

It's naïve to expect anything in the way of nuanced criticism from The Brooklyn Paper, but the unlubricated Andy Rooneying to which it subjected Work of Art on the front page of the rag's arts …

Tomato Nation Read-Along #4: Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words
August 31, 2010 · 7 Comments
Tomato Nation Read-Along #4: <I>Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words</I>

Our next book, by a hair, is Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right. I tremble to think of all the words I'm about to find out I've been using …

"Bartender, another round for Mrs. Uglyface"
August 30, 2010 · 10 Comments
"Bartender, another round for Mrs. Uglyface"

Happy birthday, Mr. Stupidhead. Next round's on me.

The Vine: August 27, 2010
August 27, 2010 · 13 Comments
The Vine: August 27, 2010

Hi Sars,
I have a song question for you and the readers. I'm in Baltimore and spend most of my radio time listening to WTMD, which is a local university's radio station. They play a lot …

Friends In Need
August 26, 2010 · 39 Comments
Friends In Need

Above: The artist formerly known as "the foster cat" supervises yet another productive day at TN HQ.
October draws nigh, so it's time for an update on the annual Tomato Nation/Donors Choose fund drive, as well …

The Vine: August 25, 2010
August 25, 2010 · 61 Comments
The Vine: August 25, 2010

Dear Sars,
I am writing because I find myself increasingly…angry. I live in London and have done so for almost ten years. Because of my family situation, I won't be leaving the city any time soon.
I …

DVR Break-Up: The Real Housewives of New Jersey
August 24, 2010 · 7 Comments
DVR Break-Up: <I>The Real Housewives of New Jersey</I>

I should have dumped RHoNJ when Dina Manzo did. Dina's stated reasons had the whiff of bullshit — "I thought it would be a cute, funny look at our family," or whatever she said at …