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. Whoa-ho, two days in a row! The ex-pats in China. We told you about the story’s semi-dubious credentials yesterday.

2. Gretchen Reynolds goes for the knees! (Most likely Tara Parker-Pope’s.) Reynolds comes in with a one-day nowhere story to no. 2 and why? It’s about how you can avoid arthritis! Suddenly Parker-Pope’s redheads look a little weak.

3. Obama’s mom!

4. There was a time before Parker-Pope or Reynolds or Bittman, and Gina Kolata was the Queen of the Top 10 list. No more, but she puts in a valiant effort here. Yes, it’s on health care, but still.

5. The internet-cures-insomnia story didn’t get the bounce we expected today, and we must admit, we’re still surprised: It’s got sleeping (Mabel) and that mysterious Heart of Darkness (the web). Maybe tomorrow.

6. See no. 2 and no. 4. Parker-Pope got trounced today.

7. Frank Bruni might be on his way out the door, but not before a 4-star for 11 Madison. “Eleven Madison Park provides much of the ceremony and pampering associated with fine dining at its most traditional in a way that’s louder, looser and more in sync with most diners’ temperaments.”

8. I always loved John Hughes, but I didn’t realize that everyone else loved him too. Either way, now I’m tired of hearing about him. Molly Ringwald writes a charmingly competent ode to him and his youth and her relationship with him, but enough is enough. Beloved Auntie Mabel: No more John Hughes stories.

9. Our favorite primer!

10. Dowd scores nicely. “The postpartisan, postracial, post-Clinton-dysfunction world that Barack Obama was supposed to usher in when he hit town on his white charger, with turtle doves tweeting, has vanished.”

Today’s Tally:
Health: 5
Op-Ed Contributors: 2
Columnists: 1
Foreign: 1
Food: 1

Overall Tally:
Columnists: 91
Health: 81
Food: 31
Op-Ed Contributors: 25
Technology: 22
Travel: 19
Money: 18

Aunt Mabel Suggests…