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The Year in Culture 2012

This year, in which a tense election, the accelerated fracturing of media, and Lena Dunham's Girls threatened to irreparably divide us, a few things brought us together: "Call Me Maybe," "Gangnam Style," and the groundbreaking performance art of Clint Eastwood. And if you didn't enjoy at least one Channing Tatum movie in 2012, that’s your fault.
The raw, sinewy Woolf, the Nichols-Seymour Hoffman dream team, and a batch of rule-breaking unmusicals.
Kathryn Schulz's favorites, from Alice Munro's newest short stories to Christopher Hitchen's last meditations.
Clint Eastwood pioneered a new genre of performance art, the Met examined the dawn of Egyptian art, and more.
A centennial celebration for John Cage, a horror-film installation in the Park Avenue Armory, and a luxe Tempest.


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