Slate asked a bunch of cultural movers and shakers for their best cultural moment of 2005. Here
are the answers, including one from the current moviemaker of the arbitrary time period, The Squid and the Whale's
curmudgeonly creator, Noah Baumbach:
Noah Baumbach, writer-director, The Squid and the Whale
The transit strike temporarily brought Manhattan back to me. In recent years, I've felt dismayed watching neighborhoods like the Meat Packing District turn into playgrounds for tourists. I hate the grotesque mall that is the Time Warner building. New York is becoming more and more a place for other people. As infuriating and crippling as the strike was for so many, I selfishly appreciated having a city that was uninviting and briefly in turmoil.