"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!

The Vine: July 14, 2010
July 14, 2010 · 36 Comments
The Vine: July 14, 2010

Dear Sars,
I've been searching the web for help on this problem and I couldn't find anything on this topic: Pressure to defriend someone on a social networking website.
A year ago I dated "Albert," who …

Squared Up: Not The Same As The Old Boss
July 13, 2010 · 20 Comments
Squared Up: Not The Same As The Old Boss

Roberto Kelly was up in the bottom of the fourth against Detroit when a murmur began circling through Yankee Stadium. The scoreboard read: July 30, 1990, 8:26 P.M. The murmur built steadily, and suddenly a …

21 Jump Street: "Bad Influence"
July 12, 2010 · 5 Comments
<I>21 Jump Street</I>: "Bad Influence"

"Shut Up, Penhall" Count: 1
We open with a much-too-long nighttime sequence in which a Kirk-Cameron-esque kid named Dylan tries every door of Artie's Deli.He finally gains access to find his little friend Jordy snacking on …

When You're Strange
July 11, 2010 · 37 Comments
<I>When You're Strange</I>

My opinion of Jim Morrison is not a secret, but in case you've just arrived on Tomato Nation: hate. Morrison's poet-shaman-of-the-bacchanal persona comes off to me as just that — a persona, sophomoric, obvious, contrived. …

The Vine: July 9, 2010
July 9, 2010 · 12 Comments
The Vine: July 9, 2010

Hello Sars and TN!
After posting for a couple of years in the comments, I too have to tap the mighty organic computer brain that is the Nation for help with a couple of books that …

Tomato Nation Read-Along #2: Backwards in High Heels
July 8, 2010 · 3 Comments
Tomato Nation Read-Along #2: <I>Backwards in High Heels</I>

Henry James crisis averted! Our next read-along book is Backwards in High Heels: The Impossible Art of Being Female, by Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine. Not Kindleable this time, but a used copy is about …

The Vine: July 7, 2010
July 7, 2010 · 81 Comments
The Vine: July 7, 2010

Hi Sars! To cut directly to the chase (so to speak):
About four years ago at age 28, I started running, basically from scratch (although active, I was unfit and overweight and could only run for …

Love Happens
July 6, 2010 · 11 Comments
<I>Love Happens</I>

I have a piece forming at the horizon of my mind, like a cloud that intends hail, about the tiresome undimensional treatment of the widow/er in contemporary Hollywood product, but it will have to wait …

The Vine: July 2, 2010
July 2, 2010 · 44 Comments
The Vine: July 2, 2010

Lots to choose from in the TN Read-Along #2 poll; vote today!
Dear Sars,
I've been trying to track down this radio ad that I heard in the recent past, and my inability to do so …

Squared Up: Card Games
July 2, 2010 · 16 Comments
Squared Up: Card Games

I snagged a pack of Topps the other day for the hell of it, and something isn't quite right about it. Maybe it's a special promotional kind of pack that contains a higher proportion of …