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.

Harvard Deserves Steve Ballmer's Millions

bloombergview.com — Now that he's retired as chief executive officer of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has time for popular billionaire pastimes. First, he bought a basketball team for $2 billion. Now he's gotten into big-bucks philanthropy. Ballmer and his wife, Connie, are giving $50 million in unrestricted funds to bolster the endowment of the University of Oregon, her alma mater.

'Average' Barbie Is Just as Fake

bloombergview.com — When I was a little girl, my favorite dolls came from Mattel and had wildly inhuman proportions. To me, they were magical and special and didn't look the least bit strange. But once, probably when I was making a Christmas wish list, my mother let her adult perspective slip.

Who Killed Wikipedia?

psmag.com — Wikipedia is the sixth most popular website in the world. It's the quickest way to get the lowdown on the Battle of Nashville, find out exactly how old Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, or discover who invented Hot Pockets. You can find more authoritative specialized resources online-from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy to IMDb- but nothing is as comprehensive.

3-D Printers Are Cameras, Not Printers

bloombergview.com — Autodesk Inc. has established a $100 million investment fund "to spur innovation and collaboration in the 3D printing industry." The goal is to "develop in the fastest possible way the 3-D printing ecosystem," the company's consumer group vice president Samir Hanna told Gigaom.

The Dawn of Point and Print

bloombergview.com — Autodesk Inc. has established a $100 million investment fund "to spur innovation and collaboration in the 3D printing industry." The goal is to "develop in the fastest possible way the 3-D printing ecosystem," the company's consumer group vice president Samir Hanna told Gigaom.

Let's Charge Politicians for Wasting Our Time

bloombergview.com — There's an election today here in California, and that means my landline at home is ringing constantly with robocalls from assorted public figures whose recorded voices urge me to get out and vote for their favorite candidates. One called the other day while I was conducting an interview on the mobile phone I use for most purposes.

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.
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Nov 22, 2014

Having to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint rather than Keynote. Wow, what an awful program.

Nov 22, 2014

@slsatel @albrgr Until he realizes how many people could be saved from something else with the kidney $.

Nov 22, 2014

@albrgr @slsatel Research into disease that doesn't yet have a cure won't have as high expected benefit as treatment w/ known cheap cure.

Nov 22, 2014

@albrgr @slsatel Seem pretty equivalent to me. Also, big donors to both also mostly support other causes too.

Nov 22, 2014

@albrgr @slsatel Met & Harvard both rich institutions w/ highly visible education function & less visible research. Both about excellence.

Nov 22, 2014

RT @cfroning: @vpostrel @BV We cannot build the next-generation telescopes for astronomy without private philanthropy: Keck telescope, Sloan survey, etc.

Nov 22, 2014

The Kindle edition of The Substance of Style is on sale for $1.99... fb.me/77TS368Cg

Nov 21, 2014

.@slsatel @bv Not to mention no one would ever fund research on rare diseases.

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