L.A. writer on commerce & culture, @BV columnist. New book is THE POWER OF GLAMOUR. Also wrote THE FUTURE AND ITS ENEMIES and THE SUBSTANCE OF STYLE.

How Candy Conquered Halloween

bloombergview.com — In her book " Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure," retired Rutgers University literature professor Samira Kawash investigates the surprisingly neglected story of how business and technological innovations turned the U.S. into what a 1907 visitor called "the great candy eating nation." Candy, she argues, is essential to understanding the history of how Americans eat.

Articles by Virginia Postrel

bloombergview.com — Virginia Postrel, a Bloomberg View columnist, writes about commerce and culture, innovation, economics, and public policy. She's the author of "The Power of Glamour," "The Future and Its Enemies" and "The Substance of Style."

Oscar de la Renta's last stand against slobs

denverpost.com — By Virginia Postrel Bloomberg News Posted: 10/22/2014 12:20:41 PM MDT Updated: 10/22/2014 12:20:47 PM MDT When fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday, he left neatly resolved two issues that might have otherwise marred his legacy. The first was the question of who would succeed him.

Oscar de la Renta's Last Stand Against Slobs

bloombergview.com — When fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday, he left neatly resolved two issues that might have otherwise marred his legacy. The first was the question of who would succeed him. Many a fashion house has been thrown into chaos by the death of its founder.

Imperfect Competition, Legitimate at Last

economicprincipals.com — The Nobel award last week to Jean Tirole, of Toulouse School of Economics, capped a twentieth-century drama whose story has barely begun to be told. I can describe it here only in the broadest way; thanks to the Swedes, the details will now gradually emerge, as did those of similar developments in the past.

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future

mobilizer.instapaper.com — As a kindergarten student a half century ago, I read the same book over and over again, nearly every day. My favorite in our classroom's little library, it had a title imbued with confidence and promise: " You Will Go to the Moon." Needless to say, I have not done so.

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future

bloombergview.com — As a kindergarten student a half century ago, I read the same book over and over again, nearly every day. My favorite in our classroom's little library, it had a title imbued with confidence and promise: " You Will Go to the Moon." Needless to say, I have not done so.

What If What You ’Survived’ Wasn’t Cancer?

bloombergview.com — You're feeling fine when you go for your annual physical. But your mammogram looks a little funny, or your PSA test is a little high, or you get a CT lung scan and a nodule shows up. You get a biopsy, and the doctor delivers the bad news: You have cancer.

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future

bloombergview.com — As a kindergarten student a half century ago, I read the same book over and over again, nearly every day. My favorite in our classroom's little library, it had a title imbued with confidence and promise: " You Will Go to the Moon." Needless to say, I have not done so.

No Flying Cars, but the Future Is Bright

bloombergview.com — It has been 40 years since the last astronauts left the moon. That anniversary, which passed last week, has put some prominent technologists in a funk. "You promised me Mars colonies. Instead, I got Facebook," reads the cover of the current issue of MIT Technology Review.
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Oct 30, 2014

RT @LangeAlexandra: "One of the biggest casualties of the poison treats scares of the 1970s was homemade sweets.” bloombergview.com/articles/2014-…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @dandrezner: In a little more than an hour, I'll be talking theories, international politics and zombies at @PorterSqBooks: portersquarebooks.com/event/daniel-d…

Oct 30, 2014

For more candy-history fun, check out the Candy Professor blog archives buff.ly/1wL02fV

Oct 30, 2014

Don't get cocky, Republicans. "Enthusiasm gaps" are often overstated, as in 2012. buff.ly/1FZSnP3

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ZaraKessler: A deliciously sweet interview by @vpostrel on candy, just in time for tomorrow: bv.ms/1tGgrkJ

Oct 30, 2014

In case you're wondering what the hell jokes about "Serial" on @LosFelizDayCare were referring to, here's @Conor64. buff.ly/1sLYkoq

Oct 30, 2014

Question from my Twitter feed: Do Republicans think of Google as liberal? I speculated that might be why it... fb.me/1dhSXYP3H

Oct 30, 2014

.@kbandersen @walterwkatz I was speculating that it has a liberal image. AMZN strives for money-grubbing neutrality.

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