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!

Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Hunt For Red October
May 2, 2014 · 28 Comments
Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>The Hunt For Red October</em>

Welcome back to the pleasant and relaxed Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame, friends! Today's nominee is brought to us by reader Craig: The Hunt For Red October.

Byrd, Bex & Cousins Detective Agency, Chapter 2
May 1, 2014 · 9 Comments
Byrd, Bex & Cousins Detective Agency, Chapter 2

Sherry went into her bedroom. The livable half, the light coming through the blue tarps, looked like it should be a seafood restaurant called The Mermaid Grotto, and it smelled like a lumberyard.

The Vine: April 30, 2014
April 30, 2014 · 15 Comments
The Vine: April 30, 2014

After watching the team Olympic figure-skating competition, I was reminded of a YA book that I read in the mid-late '90s.

Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Diner
April 27, 2014 · 4 Comments
Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>Diner</em>

I struggled with which movie to plop onto the Couch Of Fame with an afghan and a sleeve of Thin Mints first. A classic universally acknowledged, like The Godfather? A flawed but appealing baseball flick …

The Vine: April 25, 2014
April 25, 2014 · 9 Comments
The Vine: April 25, 2014

About 15 years ago I picked up a book of seven or so short stories in my local bookstore. The stories were written by a young woman — I think this was her first published …

The Vine: April 23, 2014
April 23, 2014 · 14 Comments
The Vine: April 23, 2014

I come from a large and (I thought) close family of six girls and one boy.

The Vine: April 18, 2014
April 18, 2014 · 24 Comments
The Vine: April 18, 2014

I've just finished losing a considerable amount of weight, and for the first time in my adult life I want to own a bikini.

The Vine: April 16, 2014
April 16, 2014 · 15 Comments
The Vine: April 16, 2014

I have a new roommate who brought a cat with him and she is now the apple of my eye, the stars, the moon, the assumed owner of our apartment.

A Word From Our Sponsors: Skechers
April 15, 2014 · 2 Comments
A Word From Our Sponsors: Skechers

One of these days, sandals weather will come back to stay ("…she says, angrily stuffing her fleece-lined boots back on with a predicted low of 35"). Check out all the wedges, t-straps, and sneakery sandals …