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.

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.

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.
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Oct 25, 2014

Neither edgy nor informal, Oscar de la Renta represented a kind of fashion that's beloved but out of favor. buff.ly/1zs5OGC @BoF @BV

Oct 25, 2014

ICYMI: Will the American fashion industry ever tolerate another de la Renta? @BV @ buff.ly/1xnJMzr

Oct 24, 2014

RT @TheFIREorg: When FIRE began, 75% of universities had red light speech codes. It's now 58%, but that's still too many. @glukianoff at #FIREversary

Oct 23, 2014

Back to the future: New Facebook app "Rooms" reinvents the chat room buff.ly/1yqK3ml

Oct 23, 2014

"Botticelli's studio: The first visit of Simonetta": Love this painting. Too bad I don't $300K buff.ly/1yqH1i7 pic.twitter.com/kBtbeKhDrh

Oct 23, 2014

Is bad satire becoming dangerous? (Don't believe anything from the National Report.) buff.ly/ZJGkEa

Oct 23, 2014

Digital publishers like "time-based" ad rates (i.e., more time those eyeballs are on the site=more $$) buff.ly/1sdLEpZ @adage

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