‘Status and Culture’ Review: Making the Cut
The Wall Street Journal, October 07, 2022Review of Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change by W. David Marx
Marc Andreessen’s Housing NIMBYism Is Losing Ground
Bloomberg Opinion, August 09, 2022The investor and his neighbors want to block multiunit construction in America’s most expensive town. But California’s reforms are gradually overriding such local opposition.
Can the US Housing Crisis Be Fixed By Abolishing Zoning?
Bloomberg Opinion, July 31, 2022A conversation with author M. Nolan Gray on the social and economic costs of urban zoning and what American cities can learn from Houston.
Sneaky Shrinkflation Is Driving People Crazy
Bloomberg Opinion, July 26, 2022Packaging less stuff for the same price doesn’t fool consumers or economists. But diminishing quality imposes equally maddening extra costs that are almost impossible to measure.
Stakeholder Capitalism Isn’t Working as Planned
Bloomberg Opinion, June 22, 2022It’s a prescription for culture wars, political backlash, managerial paralysis and human-resources nightmares. And it’s anything but nice.
Why Goofy Princeton Reunion Rituals Mean So Much to Me
Bloomberg Opinion, May 22, 2022Silly clothes and eccentric traditions link the past to the present and future and build unity and continuity in an era of polarization and change.
RIP, Ron Galella. Everyone’s a Paparazzo Now.
Bloomberg Opinion, May 07, 2022Social media sapped the power of professional celebrity photographers, making it easier for stars to control their public images.
Pocket Globes: The World in Your Hand
Online Library of Liberty Reading Room, April 28, 2022They might have been of "frivolous utility" for navigation, but these trinkets offered ingenuity you could carry around, making them desirable accessories for an age of exploration and discovery.
How Polyester Bounced Back
Works in Progress, April 21, 2022Somehow, polyester went from being the world’s most hated fabrics to one of its favorites. It reinvented itself thanks to advances in materials science, and did it so successfully that many people don’t even realize they’re wearing polyester today.
Investors Love Fast-Fashion Shein — at Least For Now
Bloomberg Opinion, April 08, 2022Young people care more about price than sustainability when it comes to cheap clothes. But the Chinese e-commerce startup may eventually face other headwinds. A conversation with Adam Minter.