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!

The Vegas Diaries
March 11, 1996 · Comments Off on The Vegas Diaries

Allow me to introduce myself — Sarah D. Bunting, CD-ROM development editrix by day, heckler at life's rich pageant by night.Below, the sad true tale of my trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las …

TV Nation
March 11, 1996 · Comments Off on TV Nation

I love television.Despite the fact that the vast majority of television programming inspires your brain cells to say things like "fuck this — I'm outta here" to each other before battering themselves to death against …

The Tulsa Diaries
March 11, 1996 · Comments Off on The Tulsa Diaries

DAY ONE
My father woke me up at 5 AM and we trucked to Newark Airport.I boarded the plane and fell fast asleep despite a pre-flight cup of coffee that had the potency (not to mention …

Truth In Advertising
March 11, 1996 · Comments Off on Truth In Advertising

The other day, I strolled over to Blockbuster to return a video.On the way there, I wondered to myself how I should address The "Hi" Problem.The "Hi" Problem arises whenever I enter Blockbuster.Apparently, one of …

The Too Much Information Desk
March 11, 1996 · Comments Off on The Too Much Information Desk

In his excellent piece in March's Vanity Fair entitled "The Death of Shame," Christopher Hitchens related David Letterman's attempt to interrupt Howard Stern in the middle of an orgasm:
"Letterman, who I'm sure would rather die …

Take Five…Please: Why So Many Hate The Spice Girls So Much
March 11, 1996 · Comments Off on Take Five…Please: Why So Many Hate The Spice Girls So Much

A few years ago, the sister of a friend of mine came up with an interesting theory about Hootie and the Blowfish.I don't know remember how she devised this hypothesis — the mind of a …

StairMaster To Heaven
March 11, 1996 · Comments Off on StairMaster To Heaven

Every morning when I wake up, I turn on The Today Show.I do this partly to drown out the meowing of a hungry feline; partly to find out what the weather is doing, since finding …

The Smokies
March 11, 1996 · Comments Off on The Smokies

For weeks before taking my vacation — and I have, as of this writing, fled my sweaty Manhattan digs for the more relaxing and cat-hair-free pastures of Cape Cod — I pondered how to write …

Rolling Stone'd
March 11, 1996 · Comments Off on Rolling Stone'd

Last weekend, I went out to brunch by myself.I tucked my smokes into my back pocket and my Rolling Stone under my arm and headed around the way to the Gemini Diner.I wanted to read …

The Pod People
March 11, 1996 · Comments Off on The Pod People

A couple of weeks ago, an old friend and I headed to a bar for its weekly Ladies Night.We found the concept of Ladies Night — undoubtedly devised by a sly heterosexual male in order …