How much would you pay for an e-book? Amazon, Apple want to know.
Surely we can find enough kidney donors for those who need transplants. But doing so will require creativity, boldness, and a sense of urgency—and experimenting with controversial ideas like donor chains and financial incentives.
For some people, spending just doesn’t come naturally—especially in a recession. Behavioral economists have a solution
Economic policy makers thought they had tamed the business cycle. Not quite. Let’s hope their hubris doesn’t get in the way of our economic recovery
Virginia Postrel’s March article on the availability of cancer drugs sparked enormous reader response, much more than the print magazine’s Letters to the Editor section could accommodate. Here she responds to some common criticisms from those letters.
The cancer drug Herceptin saved the author’s life. It also cost $60,000. Would health-care reform put it, and other expensive new drugs, out of reach?
Why asset bubbles are a part of the human condition that regulation can’t cure
Public anxiety over “excessive” consumer debt has a long, and misguided, history. By Virginia Postrel
"In an image-savvy culture, we’re increasingly forced to consider just what constitutes a valid portrait"
A new theory of the leisure class
The glamour of Obama may be hard to resist, but could it get the country into trouble if he wins the presidency?
How better aesthetics in hospitals can make for happier—and healthier—patients
Virginia Postrel talks with Gary Hustwit—director of Helvetica—about filmmaking, creativity, and the expressive implications of one of the world's most popular typefaces
A revolution in typeface design has led to everything from more-legible newspapers and cell-phone displays to extra-tacky wedding invitations.
Why sending a man to the moon is easier than finding jeans that fit
Real estate may be as important as religion in explaining the infamous gap between red and blue states.