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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.

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!

The Vine: December 11, 2013
December 11, 2013 · 22 Comments
The Vine: December 11, 2013

I am wondering if the Nation could help me out. My father loves a traditional fruitcake and I want to make one for him this holiday season.

The Vine: December 6, 2013
December 6, 2013 · 7 Comments
The Vine: December 6, 2013

Help! I've been searching desperately for a few years to find an old diffuser fragrance that was sold at Pier 1 Imports.

The Vine: December 4, 2013
December 4, 2013 · 10 Comments
The Vine: December 4, 2013

Welcome back to the Happy Hellidays iteration of The Vine — it's all Ask The Readers and holiday etiquette from now 'til New Year's.

Prisoners: What else is missing
November 30, 2013 · 3 Comments
<em>Prisoners</em>: What else is missing

Movies' understanding of "working class" or "poor" interiors doesn't work; it's distracting. I'm talking about the physical design of the homes, the tables and couches. The implication is that the character or family in question …

I Got Married. Yay!
November 21, 2013 · 175 Comments
I Got Married. Yay!

His name is Dan. He's great.

N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 3: Vote!
November 21, 2013 · 10 Comments
N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 3: Vote!

Augh! I love Breton; I love Town House; I just had Club Crackers with my red-pepper soup at lunch!

The Vine: November 20, 2013
November 20, 2013 · 27 Comments
The Vine: November 20, 2013

My older brother is an alcoholic. He's following in a long family tradition (my dad, both paternal grandparents, a couple of cousins, etc.).

N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 2: Vote!
November 14, 2013 · 6 Comments
N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 2: Vote!

Wait, I was wrong, Cheez-Its and Goldfish aficionados — those aren't the indistinguishable two, it's Cheez-Its and Cheese Nips that are carbon cracker copies of one another.

The Vine: November 13, 2013
November 13, 2013 · 19 Comments
The Vine: November 13, 2013

I'm a few months into a new job — same basic position (executive assistant) but new industry (financial) — and in need of perspective and advice from you and the TN hive-mind.

N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 1: Vote!
November 12, 2013 · 11 Comments
N Cracker AA Semifinal Round 1: Vote!

Ohhhhh God. I just…where do I…why? God. This is impossible! And this isn't even the hardest one!