Late December has seen the usual proliferation of lists. Best of 2012. Best of “centuries.” Best of the rest. Best upcoming books. Maybe even a best of the rest of the best of the rest of that list of best something-or-other. I have read several, both those linked to on Twitter and those I see when I visit certain sites. But there’s a growing set of commonalities with many of them. Let’s see if you can detect a few of the commonalities without me stating it directly. Oh, and there are some striking differences as well, which make the sets of commonalities even more fascinating to consider.