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Editors are privy to all manner of excuses from writers, but one thing that really gets them flooding in is any request to take part in a survey or poll. I suppose it’s the fact that writers are being asked to put pens to paper (however minimally) without being paid for it that makes them so uncompliant. But rather than simply admit this, they tend to resort to variants of the time-worn formula: “I’d truly love to do this but…” Our poll in the current issue of the most overrated and underrated cultural events of the year garnered a particularly…

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