“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: February 18, 2011
February 18, 2011 · 28 Comments
The Vine: February 18, 2011

I am on a quest to find corduroy pants. Specifically, I’m looking for thin-wale, mid- to high-rise, straight-leg corduroy pants.
Unfortunately, I have so far failed in my quest to do this. I’ve tried J. Crew …

Winter’s Bone
February 18, 2011 · 22 Comments
<I>Winter’s Bone</I>

Sarah 33, Death Race 23; 15 of 24 categories completed
I spent part of the day on Tuesday watching screeners for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. It’s the sort of show that makes me irremediably irritated almost …

Outside The Law
February 18, 2011 · 6 Comments
<em>Outside The Law</em>

Sarah 33, Death Race 23; 15 of 24 categories completed
Hey, fight for Algerian independence that tests the love and loyalties of three brothers: be less clich├ęd and plodding! Don’t have exchanges like
“Money means freedom.”
“I am …

In A Better World
February 16, 2011 · 2 Comments
<I>In A Better World</I>

Sarah 31, Death Race 25; 14 of 24 categories completed
The press materials for In A Better World include a statement from director Susanne Bier, in which she asserts that the film “sets out to explore …

The Vine: February 16, 2011
February 16, 2011 · 10 Comments
The Vine: February 16, 2011

I have a quick question on blog etiquette. On personal blogs, should every comment be acknowledged?
For the new year I started to blog regularly. They aren’t long or even very interesting posts. My posts are …

Word Of The Day: “chianteeth”
February 16, 2011 · 9 Comments
Word Of The Day: “chianteeth”

chianteeth (kee-ahn-teeth). n. 1. Discoloration of the teeth, lips, and tongue due to consumption of red wine. 2. The relative state of inebriation accompanying said discoloration, and resulting difficulty in denying same. Syn.: “grin-ot noir,” …

Bradelor! DUN!: Boo, Urns
February 15, 2011 · 5 Comments
Bradelor! DUN!: Boo, Urns

At long and uncomfortable last, the Bachelor producers allowed Brad to eject Brows McGee last night — and yet the episode still dragged, to the point where we spend most of this week’s Bradelor! DUN! …

The Illusionist
February 15, 2011 · 4 Comments
<I>The Illusionist</I>

Sarah 30, Death Race 26; 14 of 24 categories completed
I sobbed through the last five minutes of The Illusionist. The word “melancholy” features prominently in nearly every review I’ve read of the movie, but something …

Squared Up: You’re Doing A Heck Of A Job There, Tannie
February 14, 2011 · 26 Comments
Squared Up: You’re Doing A Heck Of A Job There, Tannie

Spring training, will you be my valentine?
Pitchers and catchers report
A couple days ago, reader Jenn fired an “eeeeee!” across the bow via email, all excited that baseball is back.
Yesterday, a certain pocket-sized Stupidhead who’s getting …

Waste Land
February 13, 2011 · One Comment
<em>Waste Land</em>

Sarah 29, Death Race 27 (YEAH THAT’S RIGHT); 13 of 24 categories completed
Joe R put it best in a series of tweets last night after we’d seen it, so I’ll just quote him: