Aunt Mabel Suggests….

Ever notice that the most-emailed list is slanted toward an older demographic? Maybe because only folks over a certain age—like our Aunt Mabel—still use the email tool. Here’s a quick, annotated guide to what grandma and grandpa thought you might be interested in from …

An Observation: Aunt Mabel really couldn’t care less about Iran. If you click on The Times‘ top 10 most blogged stories, you’ll find five stories on the Iranian election. But in the most-emailed list, no trace of it at all. We have a feeling she wouldn’t care for Bill Keller’s decison to travel to Tehran, either (he probably should have been doing a Travel story instead). So with that, here’s Tuesday’s top 10:

1. Frank Rich shows remarkable stamina—holds the top spot two days in a row.

2. A new story, this one on a funky Web site (and iPhone app) that cuts through market-talk and gives us a straight answer about what to buy. 

3. Welcome, Paul Krugman, to the center of Aunt Mabel’s heart! Mr. Nobel Prize gives us a history lesson why we shouldn’t abandon Obama’s rescue efforts for the economy.

4. There’s our first credit card story. Last night, this wasn’t in the top 10; six hours later, it’s moving toward the top spot. 

5. As we mentioned yesterday, we were shocked that Gout-plagues-the-middle-class didn’t do better than No. 5. Holds steady for a second straight day, but still surprised that Mabel’s favorite topics—money, drugs, class, disease—can’t produce a higher ranking.

6. When we saw that Pat Kiernan loved Sam Roberts’ Monday A1 story on how some Asian-American parents show a preference for baby boys on NY1’s In the Papers, we instantly knew Aunt Mabel would be a fan.

7. Race and America.

8. Barbara Ehrenreich joins Frank Rich in making the Top 10 two days in a row, though she drops four slots.

9. Joe Nocera’s one-year-later French Riviera story still has legs.

10. Aunt Mabel loves southern-charm and urban-cool Research Triangle piece.

Final Tally:
Columnists: 2
Editorials: 1
Op-Ed Contibutors: 1
(4 for Op-Ed Pages)
Travel: 2
Technology: 1
Health: 1
Money: 1
New York: 1
Iran, foreign unrest: 0

Two Day Total:
Columnists: 6
Editorials: 1
Op-Ed Contributors: 3
(10 for Op-Ed Pages)
Travel: 4
Health: 2
Technology: 1
Money: 1
Investigative Journalism: 1
New York: 1
Iran, foreign unrest: 0