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Check out my speech at the Cato Institute, with comments from Tyler Cowen and Sam Tanenhaus.
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I wrote this before the Oscars, but the message is still relevant: There's a demand for glamorous versions of the second half of life. "Looking decades ahead, men and women in their 40s, 50s and 60s want to believe that life can still be interesting, that they can still be valuable, that love and work aren’t only for the young. This desire isn’t a baby boomer quirk; it’s a result of significantly expanding healthy lifespans. The prospect of living into your 80s or 90s is great, but you don’t want to spend the second half of your life feeling useless and unwanted."  #longevity   #glamour   #movies   #hollywood   #aging  
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I'm at most a very infrequent movie (and TV) watcher, so the Oscar awards (and Emmys too) have no interest for me. But it is interesting that very young women did not make up the choices this year. (Other years? I haven't a clue...) It's up to the individual whether s/he "feel[s]  useless and unwanted".
At a month less than 69 and actively working towards at least 120 years in excellent function, I rarely feel useless and unwanted - that's because I am always busy doing things I think are valuable to me and by those who share my values.
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I'm giving away copies of my book THE POWER OF GLAMOUR. Contest ends tomorrow, 1/10, at midnight PT.
http://vpostrel.com/blog/why-should-i-give-you-a-copy-of-the-power-of-glamour
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Amazon has cut the price of THE POWER OF GLAMOUR to $17.71. (List is $28 and it's been selling for about $20.) Get it while it's cheap: http://amzn.to/Jh6yGR
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I can't speak for any varieties of Windows or Linux, but the Mac OS offers more than one method of capturing an entire screen, a particular window, or a definable area. What? You don't want to buy a Mac just so you can do screen captures out of the box? Well, I guess that's understandable.
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In this new post for Bloomberg View, I look at how the Mormon church's evolving stance toward women's roles represents effective religious "branding," preserving (and sometimes enhancing) a distinctive core while adapting to changing times.  #brandingstrategy  #LDS  #feminism    #mormon  
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When I flew out of SLC airport last month, we shared our flight with 8 elders heading out for their missions.  1 blonde girl, 3 Asian boys, and 4 white boys.  Brand LDS is changing.  My Berkeley friend with his green mohawk going to Taiwan (circa 1988) on mission was ahead of the times.
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I have two Gmail-based accounts, with vp@vpostrel.com now my primary, so Google+ is all screwed up. Most of my (relatively rare) posts are now over at the other version of me.
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This is an extra +1 for Brad getting the economics correct.
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Author of The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, coming November 5, and a columnist for Bloomberg View. My previous books are The Substance of Style and The Future and Its Enemies. I teach a five-day special-topics seminar called "Glamour: Theory and Practice" in the Branding MPS program at the School of Visual Arts.

My website is at vpostrel.com. You can follow me on Twitter @vpostrel. My Facebook fan page is here. I also edit and contribute to a sporadic group blog at DeepGlamour.net.

I've been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New York Times business section, Forbes, and Forbes ASAP. I was the editor of Reason magazine throughout the 1990s. You can find my article archives from all these gigs, as well as other writing, at vpostrel.com.

I am on the board of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a great cause that deserves your financial support.

My interests are wide ranging but are mostly united by trying to understand personal and social meaning (and meaning-creation) in a dynamic, commercial, liberal society. Plus solving the kidney shortage.
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  • Princeton University
    English literature, 1978 - 1982
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Author, columnist, speaker, teacher
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  • Independent writer & speaker
    2001 - present
  • Bloomberg View
    Columnist, 2011 - present
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