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!

Spicy meatballs
December 15, 2008 · 32 Comments

My latest piece for NPR's Monkey See blog, this one on the perils of extended exposure to audio book narration.

The Vine: December 12, 2008 (Bookfest)
December 12, 2008 · 28 Comments

Hey Sars,
I'm hoping the TN readership can help me find a book I read years ago. I read it in 1998 when I was an exchange student in Germany for my English class. I would …

"Calgon — take me a gay!"
December 10, 2008 · 24 Comments
"Calgon — take me a gay!"

"Shhh, Daddy's stories are on."
To all my friends and readers who called in gay today, Lee and I salute you. Don't forget to take a nice hot bubble bath with your favorite boy or girl …

The Vine: December 10, 2008
December 10, 2008 · 57 Comments

O mighty Sars, wise in the ways of weirdo cats;
My boyfriend is fostering, and thinking about adopting, a 9-year-old female cat, Ava.Ava was at first grumpy and grouchy, but after about 6 weeks seems to …

Heaven's Gate
December 8, 2008 · 24 Comments
<I>Heaven's Gate</I>

how old you'll be when the movie's finally over
I couldn't finish it; I couldn't get through even an hour.The movie is manifestly, immediately, deeply and groundlessly in love with itself; like almost everyone else with …

Support Local Biz: December 7, 2008
December 7, 2008 · 2 Comments
Support Local Biz: December 7, 2008

First up, Ruth and Esther's Egg Nog Revue, presented by Friend Of TN Mark Blankenship: "Everybody's favorite southern belles return to Ars Nova to spread some BullsGap, Tennessee holiday cheer. Scandalous single gal Ruth (Marya …

The Vine: December 5, 2008
December 5, 2008 · 66 Comments

Hey Sars,
So not a question I expect you can help with, but I'm hoping the peanut gallery can be of assistance.I've been searching everywhere to find a new bra, and I'm stumped.Right now I'm wearing …

"I want to do my best"
December 3, 2008 · 14 Comments
"I want to do my best"

Don't we all, Ms. Yoshida. Don't we all.
Eri Yoshida, a knuckleball pitcher, will play for the Kobe 9 Cruise in a new independent league starting in April 2009. The team selected her last month along …

The Vine: December 3, 2008
December 3, 2008 · 21 Comments

Apologies for the brevity/tardiness of today's Vine; lots going on behind the scenes here at TN HQ today.Stay tuned…
Hi Sars,
This is probably more an etiquette question than anything else.When, if ever, should you tell your …

Support Local Biz: November 29, 2008
November 29, 2008 · 90 Comments
Support Local Biz: November 29, 2008

I worked with John Grady a few years ago when he played Captain Patterson in the FGM. You can catch him in the upcoming Ian McShane project Kings, and in a short called Doga that …