"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

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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!

Tomato Nation Goes To Washington: The Video
April 7, 2009 · 22 Comments

Yes, that guy really did yell, "C'mon, ketchup!"
Thanks to Mr. S for another fine effort in the footage-and-editing department — and of course to all of you for your extraordinary accomplishment.

"Seriously, was anybody editing this thing?"
April 5, 2009 · 32 Comments
"Seriously, was <I>anybody</I> editing this thing?"

The other day, I received an email from reader Todd K in which he crabbed at length about Jeff Pearlman's new book on Roger Clemens.I had just read in Sports Illustrated's baseball preview issue that …

TV Question Qorner: Lymanphobia, MtB goes to college, et al.
April 3, 2009 · 53 Comments
TV Question Qorner: Lymanphobia, <I>MtB</I> goes to college, et al.

CSI. When did it get so tiresome? I don't think it's because William Petersen left, but the timing does line up.
The real reason, I suspect, isn't exactly that one, but it's related. Between the downward …

The Vine: April 3, 2009
April 3, 2009 · 38 Comments

Sars, I'm hoping that you or the Tomatolings can help me find an unfindable item…
My mother-in-law has had both hips replaced, and last time she came for a visit she asked (politely) if we'd mind …

Meet the new boss
April 2, 2009 · 20 Comments

Please head on over to my day job: the new blog at, which formally launches today. Get your fill of celebrity snark, and feel free to tip us on your celeb sightings and/or gossip …

The Vine: April 1, 2009
April 1, 2009 · 36 Comments

Dear Sars,
I want to end a friendship without creating any animosity or ill feelings.I have been friends outside of work with someone I work fairly closely with, both in physical proximity and a lot of …

"Mad World"
April 1, 2009 · 6 Comments

New 90210 recap up at Soapnet:

Silver needs to be alone for a while, too — in a padded room, because girlfriend has all-caps LOST IT. She and Dixon have taken their relationship to a somewhat …

TV Question Qorner: America's Next Top Plimpton, clowns hold YSL hostage, and more
March 30, 2009 · 23 Comments
TV Question Qorner: <I>America's Next Top Plimpton</I>, clowns hold YSL hostage, and more

Making the Band 4. I have a lot of questions, most of them concerning that hottest-of-messes white fur vest Diddy keeps showing up in. The man is a style icon; that is a fugly garment …

The Vine: March 25, 2009
March 25, 2009 · 17 Comments

Just one letter today; I'm traveling later and don't have as much time as I'd like.

Dear Sars,
I have a close group of friends that I have hung out with since high school, and we've all …'s tomato toss
March 23, 2009 · 5 Comments

In case you haven't seen this already because you set your spam filters to chuck emails from MoveOn — as many of us have; they're kinda chatty — you can play a tomato-toss game on …