"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!

Support Local Biz: October 15, 2008
October 15, 2008 · 4 Comments

The first installment of a mini-movie series about the works of Oliver Stone is now live at the Museum of the Moving Image website. Co-produced by Kevin B. Lee and Matt Zoller Seitz, the series …

Update: 10/14, 1 PM
October 14, 2008 · 6 Comments

Donors Choose took second prize in the AmEx Members Project, picking up a cool half a million dollars — thanks so much to everyone who voted!
As of this writing: 53K and change with just over …

The Takeaway
October 13, 2008 · 7 Comments

I appeared on the show this morning to talk baseball; the archived version is here. I fear that having to get up at 5 AM may have gotten the best of me in the coherence …

Initial Goal: Done.
October 12, 2008 · 14 Comments

As of this writing, $50,829.
In 11 days, 631 of you have raised more than fifty thousand dollars to help 7,660 students (at least; many of you have donated off-challenge as well). Just let that sink …

Update: 10/11, 10 AM
October 11, 2008 · 2 Comments

It's the weekend. I'll be engaging in the weekendiest of activities — going to a wedding — but I've found a few other weekend-activity-ish projects you may care to donate to in the meantime: making …

The Vine: October 10, 2008
October 10, 2008 · 13 Comments
The Vine: October 10, 2008

Hi Sars,
I'm hoping you and/or the readers can help me find a book I read in college.I can't remember the title or the author, but I do remember some of the plot.
It starts with …

Update/Support Local Biz: 10/10, 9:45 AM
October 10, 2008 · 3 Comments

As of right now, almost 7,000 students reached, and $47,500 and change. $ and the Mysterians have done their work; we're very close to the initial goal and almost halfway to Washingtomato.
Thank you so much, …

Update: 10/9, 1:30 PM
October 9, 2008 · 9 Comments

OH HELL YES. $40,500 right now.
$ and the Mysterians will match every dollar over 40K, up to 50K. Keep 'em coming, my friends.

Update: 10/9, 10 AM
October 9, 2008 · 12 Comments

I continue to amass prizes; check the prizing page for the latest.
iTunes mini-prize notifications going out in 15 minutes.
Next mini-prize: a donation to "Volley Into Learning" will net five (5) lucky winners a "Brooklyn, County …

Update: 10/8, 4:15 PM
October 8, 2008 · 5 Comments

Sorry for the service interruption, y'all — Bluehost had to replace some hardware. Things should run okay now, though.
Current total is $38,700, which is awesome. Let's drive through to 40K and pick up that 5K …