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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.

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.

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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!

Person, Place, Or Thing
September 10, 2016 · 35 Comments
Person, Place, Or Thing

We bought at the bottom of the market but still paid too much for our house, a creaking lemon held together by wood paneling and ancient nests of wiring.

Order Of The Shallows: US Open 2016
September 5, 2016 · 5 Comments
Order Of The Shallows: US Open 2016

Hellew! Buntsy here. Welcome back to the tennis hotness rankings — now known to those with the secret handshake (oh yeah: that's you) as the Order Of The Shallows! And we've got a new pledge!

Order Of The Shallows: French Open 2016
May 30, 2016 · 3 Comments
Order Of The Shallows: French Open 2016

Welcome back to the tennis hotness rankings — now known to those with the secret handshake (yeah: that's you) as Order Of The Shallows!

MASTAS Episode 10: John Parr, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion")
May 13, 2016 · 7 Comments
MASTAS Episode 10: John Parr, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion")

Joe Reid returns to request "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)", which gets us ALL up in the business of '80s movie songs and their inspirational key changes.

MASTAS Episode 9: Joplin Carlile LLC, "Get It While You Can" and "That Year"
May 6, 2016 · Comments Off on MASTAS Episode 9: Joplin Carlile LLC, "Get It While You Can" and "That Year"
MASTAS Episode 9: Joplin Carlile LLC, "Get It While You Can" and "That Year"

It's wailin' ladies this week…

MASTAS Episode 8: Jewel-erdome! "You Were Meant For Me" vs. "Hands"
April 29, 2016 · 4 Comments
MASTAS Episode 8: Jewel-erdome! "You Were Meant For Me" vs. "Hands"

Welcome to Jewel-erdome, where two wretched Jewel songs enter and only one leaves.

MASTAS Episode 7: Mazzy Star, "Fade Into You"
April 22, 2016 · Comments Off on MASTAS Episode 7: Mazzy Star, "Fade Into You"
MASTAS Episode 7: Mazzy Star, "Fade Into You"

Special guest Joe Reid joins us as we open the listener mailbag and pluck out Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You," our most-requested song.

The Vine: April 20, 2016
April 20, 2016 · 26 Comments
The Vine: April 20, 2016

I'm getting married this summer. I'm thrilled to be marrying my favorite person after eight years together and if I were the sole decision-maker in the relationship, we would simply go to the clerk of …

MASTAS Episode 6: Jesus Christ Superstar's Noxious Balladry
April 15, 2016 · One Comment
MASTAS Episode 6: <em>Jesus Christ Superstar</em>'s Noxious Balladry

There's a little Broadway and a little rage as we talk about "I Don't Know How To Love Him."

MASTAS Episode 5: Cam, "Mayday"
April 8, 2016 · Comments Off on MASTAS Episode 5: Cam, "Mayday"
MASTAS Episode 5: Cam, "Mayday"

In Episode 5, we've got a brand-new coffeehouse verzh of our MASTAS theme song — and lots of thoughts about the dramaturgical rigors of country music (…you heard us).