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One of the reasons that Time magazine's most influential issue is a tome we look forward to each year is because it's a chance to see familiar faces — Jay-Z, Jennifer Lawrence, Jimmy Fallon — next to international activists.
This year, the pairings of influencers and "writers," who just happens to be as influential as their subject, are particularly good: Chelsea Clinton writes on Malala Yousafzai, John Legend talks about Frank Ocean, Tom Brokaw on Steven Spielberg. (Sadly, we don't get to hear a lot of the writers' voices, because of Time's evenhanded copy-editing.)
A couple of those who we certainly consider today's most influential thinkers, designers, and actresses made the list — and the authors of each of their pieces were stellar choices. Check out our favorites.
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In 2014, Kanye West went from rapper to adjective. He's been A-list for quite some time, but this year we saw a sharp transition in the way people talk about him. Comments went from "Look what Kanye said" to "How Kanye is that?" Now, Kanye is a lifestyle. He's the tortured artist to a point of self-parody. He is larger read