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

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

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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!

DVR Break-Up: The Walking Dead
November 15, 2010 · 34 Comments
DVR Break-Up: <I>The Walking Dead</I>

From listening to Sepinwall and Fienberg's excellent podcast, I'd anticipated a letdown after The Walking Dead's premiere episode. I hadn't anticipated one during it, or that I'd bail on it after three episodes, but it's …

Tomato Nation Read-Along #6: Consider the Lobster
November 15, 2010 · 11 Comments
Tomato Nation Read-Along #6: <I>Consider the Lobster</I>

Updated 29 November: Just a reminder that it's Lobster time Wednesday, December 1. If you bought the book but haven't started it yet, or feel discouraged about finishing, you should still join the live-chat discush …

The Vine: November 12, 2010
November 12, 2010 · 37 Comments
The Vine: November 12, 2010

Dear Sars,
On a scale from 1 to 10, how tacky is re-gifting one's wedding gift as another wedding gift?
The gift to be re-gifted is a Lalique crystal lovebird piece. It was given to me by …

N Candy AA II: The Sweetmeat Eight
November 11, 2010 · 31 Comments
N Candy AA II: The Sweetmeat Eight

Updated bracket is here. Confused? Click here. Polls close 11:59 AM ET on Monday.
8 Sugar Daddy/Babies; Slo-Poke vs. 10 Nerds. Really? The highly dysfunctional Sugar family is still here? By the way, the original name …

The Vine: November 10, 2010
November 10, 2010 · 25 Comments
The Vine: November 10, 2010

A while back I asked for curly-hair-friendly products that wouldn't affect my asthma or my sensitive skin. And something has happened recently that makes me want to warn all my TN peeps about self-diagnosis. …

Tomato Nation Read-Along #6: Poll
November 9, 2010 · 5 Comments
Tomato Nation Read-Along #6: Poll

I assume my preference here is clear. Heh.
Actually, I'd love to read any of these, but let's see what you pick. The Wallace is back for another round, joined by the Zinn, and we've got …

N Candy AA II: Sweet Sixteen
November 8, 2010 · 32 Comments
N Candy AA II: Sweet Sixteen

Updated bracket is here. Confused? Click here. Polls close 11:59 AM ET on Wednesday.
8 Sugar Daddy/Babies; Slo-Poke vs. 4 Pop Rocks. I've got nothing against Pop Rocks, but as candies go, it's just not that …

The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Last Ups
November 5, 2010 · 3 Comments
The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Last Ups

Last day of the TN Fall Classic — if you haven't donated yet, and you can possibly spare a few dollars for Little Leaguers in Uganda and college kids all over the country, please please …

The Vine: November 5, 2010
November 5, 2010 · 23 Comments
The Vine: November 5, 2010

Dear Sars,
A question for you and the Nation. I am a cat-owner who loves to cook. The problem is this: I want a herb garden. Since I rent, it's going to have to be in …

The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Closers
November 3, 2010 · 7 Comments
The Tomato Nation Fall Classic: Closers

Hello, friends! As of this writing, a mere $5,362 is left until we hit our goal. Great work!
The Fall Classic will remain open until Friday at noon ET, so if you'd like to donate this …