It’s time for the Yearly Sift, when I go back and take the longer view of what I’ve been doing week-by-week in 2012. The Story of the Year, of course, was the election, and I’m going to claim that the Sift did a reasonably good job helping its readers pay attention to the right things and not freak out over every outlying poll or surge by the Republican candidate-of-the-week.
The Theme of the Year was privilege. It was all summed up by September’s “The Distress of the Privileged“, the Weekly Sift’s most popular post ever. But those ideas came together because they had been brewing all year long. And there were a few lesser themes, like religion and economics.
I’ll also list the 21 books the Sift either reviewed or recommended this year, with links to what I said about them. And I’ve collected all those pithy little quotes that have led off each week.