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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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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!

American Splendor
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on American Splendor

I'd read enough sterling reviews that I half expected to be disappointed, or think it was gimmicky, but it's really good, and Paul Giamatti has deserved this kind of star turn for a while now. …

Amazon Women on the Moon
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Amazon Women on the Moon

Just completely and irredeemably terrible, with the possible exception of David Alan Grier. It's like the worst SNL sketches in history all strung together, AND you glimpse Ed Begley Jr.'s penis, which GOOD GOD NO! …

All The Pretty Horses
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on All The Pretty Horses

(Don't ask. It's for work.) Blech. I loved the book, and the elements of the movie are not bad — except for Penelope Cruz, who just is not an actress — but put together, it …

You're Missin' a Great Game
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on You're Missin' a Great Game

Herzog is off-puttingly self-congratulatory, and I wish he hadn't bothered mentioning all the players he could tell had drug problems if he's not going to name some damn names, and I know it's the fashion …

A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey

Hated it. Stomped on it when I finished reading it. Condescending, priggish, hypocritical, poorly written pap. Loathsome book.

A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars

The writing can be kind of pro forma at times, but Rathbone does paint a vivid picture most of the time. My only real complaint is that I'd have liked more follow-up on some of …

Wiseguy
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Wiseguy

A fun, fast read if, like me, you've seen Goodfellas about a bazillion times.

Why Girls Are Weird
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Why Girls Are Weird

It is — to the surprise of nobody, I'm sure — an excellent book. It's funny, it's touching, and it's so smoothly written that you just can't stop reading it; I finished it in one …

Whitewash: The Report on the Warren Report
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Whitewash: The Report on the Warren Report

While it's hardly even-handed (and also REALLY hard to read because, in the original, he typeset it himself and his caps alignment is fucked, so it's like reading a really small-fonted term paper), it's really …

What Just Happened? Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on What Just Happened? Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line

Eh. Not nearly enough dirt, the interstitial bits with Jerry are forced — if you read the excerpt in Vanity Fair, you don't need to read the whole thing.