Tomato Nation Read Along — Going in Circles

Move over, Oprah. Sarah Bunting’s starting up her own book club. Her readers voted and chose Going in Circles as their first selection. They spent the past few weeks reading and today they begin their discussion in this thread following Sarah’s review.

I will also be participating in a live chat with the readers of Tomato Nation on Wednesday 30 June at 8 PM ET. Check the site for more details. Hooray for Tomato Nation.

on hospitals and aliens.

Dewey update: eighty donations to hospitals, detention centers, schools and library programs. It’s a rough time for fundraising, you guys. I know that I did this all quickly and on the sly, and you have all been fantastic at spreading the word, including some heavy twitter-hitters, but normally Dewey gets a few more books than this by now. Thank you so much for all the help. I’m going to wait until this afternoon before I put up another wishlist, because I think the C.A.U.S.E. program has received less than ten books.


Here’s a story I’ve been meaning to tell since Monday, when I listed the children’s hospitals. I mentioned that I’d had two mortifying experiences in children’s hospitals, the second-worst being the other week when I went to Monroe, Louisiana, on a red-eye in a leg brace to visit fourteen-year old Madeleine, who was suffering from a kidney infection. If you haven’t read Sarah’s account of it (Fancy new digs, Lady Bunting!), just know that it ended with four grown-ups and a teenager trapped in a hospital room as the specialist gave a ten-minute speech on how to clean and care for your vagina, with advice both helpful: Continue reading

Cereal Killer

You know the kind of funny where someone’s pissed off about something and it makes you laugh, and then the more that person goes on ranting the funnier it gets and by the end you’re like, holding your breath so you can hear what she’s saying instead of just laughing? It can happen when you’re reading, too. Bunting just did that to me with Mueslix.

6 Honey Nut Cheerios vs. 11 Muesli(x). We had a box of muesli on our cereal shelf as a kid — the hardcore no-brand Bavarian-prison kind. I bet you a dollar that it’s still there, and that there’s still the same amount of “cereal” in it as 25 years ago, because Mr. S and I peered into the box, once, saw all this forest-floor nonsense like bark and twigs and dung-beetle carapaces and whatnot, and put it back on the shelf and never had anything to do with it again. Fine, provide your offspring with some fiber, but…some fiber. Not all of it. What am I, a termite? I’m sure Mueslix is not nearly as challenging, but hell if I’m going to try it and find out. Honey Nut Cheerios in a landslide.

Make your vote count here.

tomatoes are good for you. (and you!)

Yay for Sarah Bunting’s Donors Choose drive, which is almost at $100,000 raised for over 16,000 students. How cool is that?

You can help–

…send a field trip of 130 Los Angeles 8th graders to the Museum of Tolerance

…keep a New Orleans school’s student-written newsletter up and running

…fund the supplies needed in a rural Florida town when the show must go on.

Every little bit counts, and as you can see it’s already made a huge difference. If (WHEN) Sarah raises 100k, I believe she’s going to wear a tomato costume and dance in front of the White House. Not kidding. Please go help!

they say pets make you live longer. ha.

Gross: Cal got coffee all over my table, laptop, purse and script.

Grosser: He did that by dipping his nasty-ass paws in my coffee and then flinging his feet around like he’s discovered a new medium with which to create his art.

Grossest: I learned this because when I just took a sip from my mug, I smelled kitty litter.

Tomato Nation + Donors Choose = You Make a Huge Difference

It’s that time of year when Sarah Bunting hosts her Donors Choose fundraiser. It’s the kind of thing that’s so important and so wonderful, you find yourself getting teary because you got to send a box of copies of The Outsiders to a classroom in Kentucky. (Because, come on.)

Not enough warm fuzzies? Okay. There are cool prizes. But man, you really hate kids if you’re doing this for the prizes. That’s cool. I’m not judging. I think it’s even more awesome that you fund classroom projects for kids you hate just to get a copy of M Giant’s book.

Please don’t not give.


So, some of the archives aren’t working, and the pretty Amazon links went away when we upgraded to the latest Moveable Type. We had to, because my website stopped working entirely for about a month. I’m sorry for the mess while we try to figure things out. But you know, the people who keep this thing running do it mostly out of the kindness of their hearts.

Glark and I are still working hard to get the newest Dewey Book Drive up and running. We picked something a little ambitious and that’s taking some extra time, but hopefully we’ll be able to launch soon.

In the meantime, you might want to send a little help over at Sarah’s amazing contest. Not only has she raised an awesome amount of money for Donor’s Choose, she’s about to have to dance in a tomato costume in Rockefeller Plaza with Claire Danes. Yeah. She really is. Go check it out and help a few kids in need.

If we can send a

If we can send a thousand books to California’s libraries, be the initial spark of several relationships that have turned into marriages, and reunite me with a childhood friend, for Pete’s sake we should at least be able to help Sars find Don. Somebody, please!

“Life after death is still life.”

Selections from “Famous Ghost Monologues,” written and directed by Sarah D. Bunting, will take place over three performances at The Abingdon Theatre, 312 West 36th Street, NYC, from August 5-7, 2004 at 8:00 PM.  Tickets are $15.  The Executive Producers of “Famous Ghost Monologues” are Sarah D. Bunting and Hala Lettieri, with Associate Producer John Chatterton.  Bunting premiered the monologues on her website, Tomato Nation, beginning in April of 2003. 

Vignettes from everyday afterlife, “The Famous Ghost Monologues” draw the veil aside to ask what becomes of the spirit after the body is gone.  The answer: Not a whole lot.  The world of the spirits isn’t much different from the world of the living, evidently — it’s just harder to get a library card.  Or a ride.  In the small-town cemetery all of them share, vanishing hitchhikers, Latin teachers, Union soldiers, Harley girls, and frustrated dandies tell their stories — what happens after death and what doesn’t, who they miss, how they pass the time.
The cast includes Kellie Aiken, Gita Borovsky, Adam Chimera, John Grady, Alexandra Lynn, Gary Martins, Kelly McConkey, Hala Lettieri, Michael Marion, Richard O’Keeffe, and Jaime-Lynn Regnemer.
Tickets are available here, or by calling (212) 868-4444.