"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!

The Vine: January 26, 2001
January 26, 2001 · No Comment

Sagacious Sars,
About two years ago, I decided that I'd had enough of the "starving artist" life (constantly two months behind on the rent, credit card bills that rivaled the debt of a Third World nation, …

The Vine: January 25, 2001
January 25, 2001 · No Comment

All-knowing Sarah,
I am beginning to think I am the poster girl for the "something's missing" relationships of the world.
I am twenty-seven years old, and I can still count the men who have mattered to me …

The Vine: January 30, 2001
January 23, 2001 · No Comment

I am looking for a way to offer advice to a sibling without being too much of a busybody. It's like this: my younger brother has been dating this girl for a couple of years …

January 19, 2001 · No Comment

And now, a Tomato Nation first: the follow-up column. I have an unofficial policy regarding follow-up columns, namely that I never write them because, if I didn't get the job done the first time around, …

War Is Not The Answer
January 19, 2001 · No Comment

It's Martin Luther King Day today. I suspect that, when it rolls around each year, most of us don't spend the day ruminating on Reverend King's contributions to society or anything. We just look at …

It's My Way AND The Highway
January 19, 2001 · No Comment

I've driven to Toronto from New York City and back about half a dozen times now, and each time I make the trip, I reach a point about two hundred and seventy five miles into …

January 19, 2001 · One Comment

I made a couple of New Year's resolutions this year. I don't bother, ordinarily, since the average New Year's resolution is pointless, unrealistic, and destined to go the way of the Edsel by Valentine's Day, …

The Vine: January 18, 2001
January 18, 2001 · No Comment

The whole "younger men suck" thing is overrated. Yeah, some of them do, but not all, by any means.
My husband and I started dating when he was 21 and I was 26. We've been together …

The Vine: January 17, 2001
January 17, 2001 · No Comment

Hey Sars.
I've been having a problem with a friend of mine — or ex-friend — I don't really know. We were good friends for three years throughout college (I graduated last year, he's graduating this …

The Vine: January 16, 2001
January 16, 2001 · No Comment

I need some advice — do you think there is something wrong with an older woman/younger man relationship? There is a seven-year age difference between us — I really like him a lot, we have …