Virginia Postrel      

Writes on The Intersection of Commerce & Culture; Author, "The Substance of Style" & "The Future and Its Enemies"

A brilliant analyst and award-winning commentator, Virginia Postrel speaks and writes about a wide range of topics, often  centered on culture, social trends, and economics. She offers audiences valuable business-oriented insights into fashion, design, and architecture, innovation and intellectual property, politics and social policy.

Virginia's recent work focuses on aesthetics and how fundamental they are to our personal, social and economic lives. Her book, The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value is Remaking Commerce, Culture and Consciousness, explores how the look and feel of things has become the new—and required—ingredient in creating economic value and how to turn the trend toward aesthetics to competitive advantage.

In her current research, she is focusing on glamour, understood not as a particular style but as an imaginative process that takes many different forms, depending on the context. She is currently writing a book on glamour and is editor-in-chief of

She also writes on the vast expansion of choices available to consumers in virtually all areas, the psychological challenges it poses for consumers, and the opportunities it presents for both future business models and personal pleasure and meaning.

Virginia has been a contributing editor for The Atlantic, writing a monthly column on "Commerce and Culture," and a columnist for Forbes magazine. For six years, she was an economics columnist for The New York Times. Her personal blog appears on her website,

Her first book, The Future and Its Enemies, argued compellingly for an open society free from constraints as the key to progress and innovation.

For eleven years, Virginia was the editor of Reason magazine, during which time it was selected three times as a finalist for National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest honor, and she founded Reason Online. She has twice been a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. Her work has been featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 and in the forthcoming edition for 2009.

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