Missy Mazzoli
You'd think being the leading lady of the all-female experimental ensemble group Victoire would sap your time and creative juices, but Missy Mazzoli has a knack for surprise. After turning New York's Kitchen into a sold-out opera house with 2012's Songs from the Uproar, the Brooklyn composer and keyboardist played Carnegie Hall and the New York and L.A. Philharmonics. Her genre-smashing new solo album, Vespers for a New Dark Age, which features Wilco's Glenn Kotche among others, rides on vast soundscapes, haunting melodies and — no surprise — tons of critical acclaim.

Beautiful People 2015

A hodgepodge of my blurbs for Paper’s annual who’s-who awards.

Andy Lecompte
If there were an award for hottest hairstylist, Andy Lecompte would be the winner and the runner-up: when he's not cutting famous head at his eponymous L.A. salon, he's taking his sharp magic on the road, shearing manes for editorial moments shot by the likes of Steven Klein and Mario Testino, or giving vision to Madonna's bullfighter-cum-1940s-romance-movie tresses for the Grammys, or styling Nicole Richie's lilac locks (see: PAPER's May 2014 cover). Head game strong. 

Sarah Koenig
Every once in a while, you get to see the hard meat of journalism — rarer, though, is the chance you'll be moved by it. As the host of NPR's Serial podcast, journalist Sarah Koenig buried herself in the 1999 murder of a Baltimore teen to find out what really happened. Blowing the dust off old documents and prying open conflicting testimonies, Koenig carefully presented the facts in each episode as she herself sussed them out — accruing more than 60 million downloads and one Peabody Award in what was her first foray into the format.