Aunt Mabel Suggests…

Ever notice that the NYTimes.com 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 NYTimes.com …

1. Kristof takes the top seat with what is really the perfect July 4th weekend Mabel-bait. We present: the best children’s books ever! Number 1 through Number 13.

2. Dowd’s had two very big weeks. This column was clearly a crash-job, completed right after Palin’s press conference on Friday. It’s basically a run through some Palin quotes, burnished with the typical Dowd style—but of course Mabel bought it.  Another good score for Dowd.

3. Parker-Pope!

4. Good food and the inner cities! The Magazine scores a win.

5. Gail Collins tackles Palin, too.

6. Frank Rich doesn’t bother crashing on the soon-to-be-former-Gov, unlike Gail and Maureen. His piece is on Bernie Madoff, which was very, very pre-holiday. Maybe it’s time to get Frank a blog?

7. Mark Bittman! On traveling to Paris and on eating. We’re surprised this isn’t higher.

8. Friedman, green bill, Obama.

9. Did anyone else go to Provincetown this weekend?

10. Last week we learned Auntie might be a closeted Canadian. And now: Does Auntie live in Rhode Island?

Final Tally:
Columnists: 5
Food: 3
Travel: 2
Op-Ed Contributors: 1
Health: 1
Magazine: 1

(Note: Big scores for food! We credited the Bittman story both food + travel. We credited the Parker-Pope story as health + food. And we credited the Magazine story food + Magazine).

 
Overall Tally:
Columnists: 35
Health: 31
Travel: 10
Op-Ed contributors: 11
Food: 8
Money: 7