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. Does sleeping in a cold room help your sleep? Yes, it does. Unlike our Auntie, we consider ourselves pretty good sleepers. It might take us a few hours to “wind down,” but when we put that head on the pillow—yawnsies!—we’re out! And you know what? Over the last few days, with the heat finally picking up here in the city, we’ve found ourselves having a really tough time. We hate putting on the A/C at night (as we’ve discussed in this space before, we like to think of ourselves as tough!) but the last few nights, it’s been the only way to survive. And in our hot, sweltering room, we have not been having fun! As for the winter: Who needs the heat blasting? It makes you groggy, thirsty, unhappy. Cold room all the way!

2. More health! Auntie must be sick like we are right now! And this story has intrigue.

3. The Modern Love piece that everyone is talking about picks up some late-week momentum.

4. The spleen.

5. The animals story we love.

6. The Bill Clinton–Kim Jong-il story seemed handmade for Maureen Dowd. And yet? This is kind of a strikeout. We’ve watched all her summer hits (Sarah Palin, Mark Sanford), but for whatever reason, Auntie wasn’t into this one.

7. Mark Bittman? Watch yourself. Tara Parker-Pope is gaining steam again.

8. Easy: Friedman on Israel-Palestine.

9. Our favorite correspondent, East Africa man Jeffrey Gettleman, knocks it out of the park with a fascinating piece on the uptick of male rape cases in Congo.

10. Uh-oh. Those subs better not come close to Montauk.

Today’s Tally:
Health: 4
Columnists: 2
Foreign: 2
Modern Love: 1
Business: 1

Overall Tally:
Columnists: 83
Health: 62
Food: 27
Technology: 19
Op-Ed Contributors: 19
Travel: 19
Money: 16

Aunt Mabel Suggests…