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The Culturati Caucus: 87 Notables on the Year's Biggest Tearjerker, Best TV Family, and More

We polled 87 culture-makers (and appreciators) on everything from the year’s best movies and music to the superiority of certain superheroes and TV families. While our less-than-scientific process did reveal clear favorites (a certain catchy pop tune with the words “call” and “maybe”), we also uncovered unique interest in, among other things, the contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race and crying on airplanes.

*This article originally appeared in the December 10, 2012 issue of New York Magazine.

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