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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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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

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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!

Bunting's Postseason Pool 2015
October 5, 2015 · One Comment
Bunting's Postseason Pool 2015

"Hashtag that time Sarah picked Bartolo!" – Yost.

The Vine: September 23, 2015
September 23, 2015 · 9 Comments
The Vine: September 23, 2015

Despite being a bit introverted and not particularly talkative, I usually don't have much trouble expressing myself. However, life has recently thrown me a curve that I didn't see coming and I'm not sure how …

You Never Know
September 11, 2015 · 72 Comments
You Never Know

I take a walk almost every day, usually early, before the day gets hot and busy.

The Vine: September 2, 2015
September 2, 2015 · 43 Comments
The Vine: September 2, 2015

I recently moved out on my own after 11 years of living with roommates, and while I really love the chance to cook creatively and without the picky restrictions of others, I'm finding that I'm …

"It Was More About The Effort To Survive": A Chat About Everybody Loves Our Town
August 20, 2015 · 4 Comments
"It Was More About The Effort To Survive": A Chat About <em>Everybody Loves Our Town</em>

Mark Blankenship joins me to talk about Mark Yarm's oral history of grunge.

The Vine: August 5, 2015
August 5, 2015 · 30 Comments
The Vine: August 5, 2015

Since there's some baseball talk happening in the Vine these days, I'll join in with a question for you and the other baseball-loving Tomato Nationals.

The Vine: July 29, 2015
July 29, 2015 · 27 Comments
The Vine: July 29, 2015

This is a different letter than what you usually publish.
Why do you think baseball is losing its status as the National Pastime?

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Silence Of The Lambs
July 20, 2015 · 22 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>The Silence Of The Lambs</em>

Butterflies aren't always free.