Virginia Postrel is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion, all with an eye toward understanding the personal and social meaning of life in a dynamic, commercial culture.
Postrel is the author of The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, published by Simon & Schuster in 2013. Her previous books are The Substance of Style (2003) and The Future and Its Enemies (1998). She is writing a book on the history of textiles, technology, and trade, to be published by Basic Books in the U.S. and Hachette in the U.K. She is a regular columnist for Bloomberg Opinion.
From July 1989 to January 2000, Postrel was the editor of Reason magazine and vice president of the Reason Foundation.
She has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Forbes and its companion technology magazine Forbes ASAP. Her work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004. Her website is at vpostrel.com.
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