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!

My music-video debut: The Deadlyz, "Fall"
April 28, 2010 · 14 Comments
My music-video debut: The Deadlyz, "Fall"

Putting the "fun" back in "Superfund": director/producer Eddie Ortiz, Deadlyz drummer Mark Mastellone, and location manager/co-star yours truly on the roof of King Killer Studios in fragrant Gowanus, Brooklyn. Photo by Bill Bjornholm.

The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 27, 2010
April 27, 2010 · 84 Comments
The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 27, 2010

Hi Sars,
Reading the plot summary of An Education reminded me of a book I read as a youth. This would be young-adult material, which I read around the early 1990s (late junior high/high schoolish).
Like …

The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 26, 2010
April 26, 2010 · 101 Comments
The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 26, 2010

A quick administrative note: I won't pick prize-winners until all the anniversary Vines have gone up; that'll give everyone a decent enough crack at answering. On to today's questions!
*****
Hi Sars,
I have one for you and …

N Candy AA: Final Four
April 26, 2010 · 15 Comments
N Candy AA: Final Four

Final Four polls close Wednesday morning; updated bracket is here.Confused? Click here.

2 fudge vs. 1 Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. I love fudge (hew), but it's surprising to see it in the Final Four; the high …

The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 25, 2010
April 25, 2010 · 86 Comments
The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 25, 2010

Dear Sars,
You know how some people will refuse to watch a show because of the silliness of the premise, name, genre, etc.? Well, my question is basically how would you describe Buffy to someone like …

"The Ties of Zodiac"
April 25, 2010 · 9 Comments
"The Ties of <I>Zodiac</I>"

A celebration of '70s neckwear.

The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 24, 2010
April 24, 2010 · 40 Comments
The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 24, 2010

Dear Sars,
I have been looking and looking and looking for a reproduction of the "Thinker of Hamangia." I have scoured the nets for this thing, hoping a museum shop or art gallery would have …

The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 23, 2010
April 23, 2010 · 32 Comments
The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 23, 2010

I know it's usually books that people want to know the names of, but I have a half-remembered movie that is driving me crazy that I can't remember it.
What I remember most about it was …

N Candy AA: M&M / Kit Kat Run-Off
April 23, 2010 · 24 Comments
N Candy AA: M&M / Kit Kat Run-Off

It's a dead heat, so let's settle it once and for all — poll closes at noonish ET on Saturday 24 April.

The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 22, 2010
April 22, 2010 · 76 Comments
The Vine, Anniversary Edition: April 22, 2010

Hi Sars,
I'm hoping that the infamous TN reader knowledge can help me out here. I'm looking for long johns that aren't "squeezy" in the waistband. I both dislike the feeling, and wear an insulin pump …