PHIL JOHNSTON, 35, writer
Did you see Oliver Stone’s 9/11 movie?
“Being here when it happened, I wasn’t particularly interested in reliving it in a big, dynamic theater with strangers.”
ARTHUR COOK, 11
What was the most overrated movie of the year?
“An Inconvenient Truth. I understand global warming—but not like that.”
JONATHAN LUBELL, 64
Which celebrity did you worry most about in 2006?
“I guess Mel Gibson because he was a little bit of an asshole, and I’m Jewish. But I’m really looking forward to seeing Apocalypto.”
DOMINIC CLOUTIER, 26, artist
Do you like the new MoMA?
“I liked the Dada show because I got kicked out of it for being too inspired by the work. I was sitting on the floor, playing with my gum and turning it into sculpture, and the security guards told me I was being inappropriate and ridiculous.”
ERNEST WADDELL, 24, actor
Which celebrity breakup upset you the most in 2006?
“Bobby and Whitney. They were the die-hard couple that you loved to make jokes about. You get the impression that they were really deeply in love.”
CAMILLE WEEKES, 33, Lawyer
Has the jukebox musical run its creative course?
“I was never interested in seeing those anyway, because they never had any of the artists I’d want to hear. They should do one about Prince.”
TYASIA CHANCE, 16
Did New York come back as the center of hip-hop this year?
“Not really. The South had more hit songs. They have a lot of dances that people try to do: Yung Joc’s motorcycle dance or ‘walk it out’ or the ‘pool palace.’ ”
RICKI KINZLER, “younger than 93 but older than 65”
Which celebrity’s baby would you like to adopt?
“What a dumb question. That’s embarrassingly dumb.”
Do you think Madonna had a right to adopt that baby from Malawi?
“Why not? They put the baby up for adoption. That’s what adoption is.”