"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!

Home » Archive by Tags

Articles tagged with: friends

Little Joe, 199?-2013
February 5, 2013 – 11:43 AM | 245 Comments
Little Joe, 199?-2013

Angels, prepare to receive among you my little friend. Please make him welcome with people food, especially Kix, because he likes to chase them, and lettuce, because I still don't know why, but I know …

Out With The Crowd: "The AL East is weird this year"
July 28, 2012 – 11:40 AM | 7 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "The AL East is weird this year"

OWTC celebrates the upcoming trade deadline by talking Yankees baseball with my old friend and lifelong Bombers fan Tim (he's popped up on TN before as "Omega"). We talked about run differentials, reversions to mean, …

TN Read-Along #15: Suffering Succotash
July 25, 2012 – 5:09 AM | 88 Comments
TN Read-Along #15: <I>Suffering Succotash</I>

"What do you mean raisins 'don't totally suck,' Jacques?"
Just a reminder that this is a couple weeks away! The freebies have gone out, so if you still need a copy, try one of the links …

Red Ops Day 8: Joplin, MO
May 30, 2012 – 12:11 AM | 12 Comments
Red Ops Day 8: Joplin, MO

5 PM
All righty, Nation. Donations have been a liiiiiiittle casual so far today; we haven't broken a thousand bucks and we still have 7 full projects to complete if we want to get that 1K …

Out With The Crowd: "You are not Herb Brooks"
May 3, 2012 – 8:32 AM | 15 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "You are not Herb Brooks"

In this installment of Out With The Crowd, I talked with TN/baseball regular commenter — and level-headed Red Sox fan — BSD about Cherington agonistes, chicken tattletales, and stabilizing douchebags. We spoke on April 21 …

The Vine: April 6, 2012
April 6, 2012 – 11:51 AM | 26 Comments
The Vine: April 6, 2012

Do some good on Good Friday; head over to the Dewey Donation drive, and help kids in Thailand and/or Washington DC find their long-lost books! I gave a whole doorstop's worth of Sandra Boynton this morning …

TN Movie Meet-Up: Steeeeeeeeeve!
March 25, 2012 – 11:05 AM | 10 Comments
TN Movie Meet-Up: Steeeeeeeeeve!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out for The Trouble With Bliss and post-movie pints — such fun to meet everyone and talk sports, stripper names, and more. And to that waywardly hilarious soul wailing …

From the Platonic cave of amazing thank-you notes
March 16, 2012 – 10:42 AM | 11 Comments
From the Platonic cave of amazing thank-you notes

Yesterday, I received a delightful thank-you note in the mail from the White Russian, her partner Drummer, and their toddler for the holiday gifts I got her and the fam. Yes, the winter holidays. Yes, …

Your Favoritest Thing: A Poll
January 23, 2012 – 7:13 AM | 72 Comments
Your Favoritest Thing: A Poll

Dave Dickerson and I want to know which of Maria's favorite things is your favorite. We may or may not have a dollar bet on how various favorite things finish in this extremely scientific accounting of …

Back to School: High Art, SLaP, and more
September 8, 2011 – 6:57 AM | 13 Comments
Back to School: <I>High Art</I>, SLaP, and more

A roundup of what I've written and watched recently…