“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!

All the ormolu that’s fit to print: Works of Edith Wharton
August 17, 2009 · 36 Comments
All the ormolu that’s fit to print: <I>Works of Edith Wharton</I>

Works of Edith Wharton does not contain all of Wharton’s works — to fit the novels and the gardening/architecture stuff and the erotica and the letters and all the other “and”s into one volume obviously …

The Vine: August 14, 2009
August 14, 2009 · 52 Comments

Okay, I have a lost TV show from my youth that has been driving me bonkers for years:
It was a Saturday-morning show, I think.Live action.It followed the lives of a bunch of bugs (who were …

The Vine: August 12, 2009
August 12, 2009 · 55 Comments

Hi, Sarah —
I’ve found the perfect job opportunity — a museum curatorial and research assistant position in a musical subject area. I have a BM in music and a BA in theater, curatorial/research summer positions …

It’s just a bill…
August 11, 2009 · 14 Comments

My piece for Monkey See on The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter, and the frustrations of being a currency nerd.   The short version: it’s a good book; I spend …

Getting Shirty: The TN Store
August 11, 2009 · 43 Comments
Getting Shirty: The TN Store

The Tomato Nation store is open at last!   Various types of tee and polo to choose from in the Tomato Nation flag design (art by Glark), plus baby outfits and “Better Red Than Dead” …

’80s Rewatch: You Make The Call
August 9, 2009 · 132 Comments
’80s Rewatch: You Make The Call

In the spirit of recent rewatches elsewhere around the interwebs — Wing’s 90210 coverage at Sling; Sepinwall’s of Band of Brothers, Sports Night, and others — I’ve decided to do my own.   The TN …

The Vine: August 7, 2009
August 7, 2009 · 59 Comments

Sars and well-heeled Vine readers,
I have a shoe question. Please help!
I am a month into a fancy new PR job, which requires me to be on my feet and dressed to the nines every day. …

Support Local Biz: August 6, 2009
August 6, 2009 · 3 Comments
Support Local Biz: August 6, 2009

Reader Amalie is putting together a collection of plays and one-acts for performances affiliated with the Berkeley, CA Public Library — including a few of the Famous Ghost Monologues.   (Mary Charles McCormack, Mary Katherine …

The Vine: August 5, 2009
August 5, 2009 · 81 Comments

I recently got engaged to my awesome boyfriend, and we are starting to plan a wedding for next year.Even though I am not much of a planner (or maybe because I am not much of …

The N Cereal AA: Your Champion
August 4, 2009 · 31 Comments
The N Cereal AA: Your Champion

Frosted Flakes ekes out the win at last after a closely fought battle with Honey Nut Cheerios.   The final bracket is right here if you’d like to review the goings-on in their entirety.
Stay tuned …