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Ten Best Loved Posts of 2012

2012 was a busy year for ThoughtsfromtheMiddleSeat!  My readership grew, and let me know with no uncertainty what posts they liked!  Below are the ten best loved posts according to readers in 2012.

Without further ado….

10.  Why the War on Drugs Weakens America – All about why the war on drugs is one of the worst US policies ever, and how it damages not only our perceptions of drugs and our government, but also damages the efficiency and appropriateness of the prison system.

9. The Vibe of the City of Amman – Amman is a strange and wonderous city for the American to discover.  More descriptions of Jordan.

8. And Audrey Was Her Stripper Name-O – An interview and thoughts of a Washington DC stripper from Camelot.  She likes her work.  Part 2 of the sex work series.  

7. The Naked Dance – Watching the Vienna: Lusthaus as a child; how sexuality and nude dancing affected my psyche.

6.  Happiness as a Sine Curve: Quantifying the Qualitative Life – Quantifying happiness with adorable graphs.  The diminishing returns of kisses.

5. An American in Amman: In Which I (Somewhat) Successfully Move to Jordan – My first impressions of Amman, Jordan, and the trials and tribulations of moving to a Middle Eastern country.  (And why you should never use FlyDubai as your airline!)

4. And You Think Dating For You Is Hard: Male Adult Initiation Rituals in South Africa – Circumcision and coming of age practices in Xhosa culture in South Africa.

3.   The 10 Best Things I Have Learned in Life Because I Am a Nerd – Being nerdy is one of the best things that ever happened to me.

2. Just Like a Gypsy – America’s uneasy conceptions of gypsies being beautiful and clever vs conniving and poor.  Anecdotes of gypsy encounters in Europe.

And the number one favorite post of 2012 is:

1.  Explaining Thanatos (The Death Drive) – Explaining how everyone has a little bit of death instinct in them, and a survey of 20-somethings on their interpretations of their own dark urges.

Happy New Year, and thank you as always for your readership!

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