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 …

1. God, really? Why, Mabel, why?  Friedman does his worst at pandering to Auntie this week. He writes about 59-year-old Tom Watson, shamelessly mentioning how he strolled around for a round of golf with him a few months ago. We can all look up to Watson and his heroic run at the British Open this year and we (that is, Boomers) can be just like him. Why in the world is he finally getting to this now? This tournament ended 10 days ago. And oy, the kicker: “So Tom Watson got a brutal lesson in golf that he’ll never forget, but he gave us all an incredible lesson in possibilities — one we’ll never forget” (italics his). Yowza! Bring us back Bittman! Jill Abramson’s dog! Anything but this.

2. Dowd returns to Palin! We’re guessing 80% of her columns will somehow be about Sarah Palin between now and 2012.

3. Can we get off the Julie & Julia kick? How many times is The Times going to cover this?

4. Ah, there you are, Bitty boy. Lost you for a second. Two food stories in the top 4 and they haven’t even posted the Michael Pollan magazine story that we told you about yesterday. We’re losing our appetite.

5. I sense danger.

6. An A1 story! Have we finally reached bottom?

7. More Haaretz!

8. Once again: The final sentence to ever be written in a newspaper? “Robot builds robot.”

9. Oooh! Secret discounts for Broadway!

10. Wonderful story on how Wikipedia is killing the Rorschach test.

Today’s Tally:
Columnists: 2
Op-ed Contributors: 2
Food: 2
Health: 1
Business: 1
Technology: 1
Money: 1
Arts: 1

(Note: We counted the Broadway savings story as Arts and Money.)

Overall Tally:
Columnists: 74
Health: 55
Food: 23
Technology: 19
Travel: 18
Op-Ed Contributors: 18
Money: 15

Aunt Mabel Suggests…