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: This is a strange day for Auntie! Yes, of course, we have our mix of money and abs, but the more that we scrutinize her favorites, the more complex she’s getting! Yes, she likes her fluff, but she also likes investigative journalism! And stories about design. And the theater! And also booze. And for some reason, columnists are having an awful, awful week.

1. Tara Parker-Pope’s salt + sugar + fat story climbs to the top of the list, and so does a new feature: in addition to a battle of columnists, we’re going to be keeping track of bylines from our newroom friends. Ms. Parker-Pope’s is one we expect to see on this list a lot, so we’ll be following her versus other familiar bylines.

2. We have to give some Aunt Mabel some credit. This is the third investigative story we’ve found in the top 10 in eight days of tracking. This one is by ex-Baghdad vet Jim Glanz who was assigned to the i-team back in November.

3. If you’re skilled, you too can have a job.

4. Surprise, surrise: Abs.

5. Learn how to make a Tom Collins! And other summer drinks. Why do we have a feeling that once Auntie finishes absorbing all the information here we’re going to see a lot more abs stories?

6. The new museum in Athens has “all the charm and discretion of the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan” from the outside, but it’s a wonder on the inside.

7. Uh oh. A story about beer. Now we’re concerned…

8. This story has had amazing stamina: “For Older Investors, Old Rules May Not Apply”

9. Tom Friedman and green. Columnists are having a bad week so far!

10. Gender bias in the theater? Yes, maybe. Or maybe not?

Final Tally:
Health: 2
Booze: 2
Columnists: 1
Money: 1
Investigative Journalism: 1
Theater: 1
Museums: 1
Business: 1

Eight Day Total:
Health: 17
Columnists: 15
Travel: 5
Technology: 5
Money: 6
Investigative Journalism: 3
Booze: 2

Aunt Mabel Suggests…