Cheerfulness and fear

The ever-cheerful Virginia Postrel can’t understand how someone could have read her book and been horrified at the world it portrays. No doubt that’s why she’s so cheerful.

Postrel’s account of “style” as a marketing phenomenon seems to me largely accurate, but I think that “style” in that sense is in some ways the opposite of quality and integrity. But read The Substance of Style and Pattern Recognition and decide for yourself.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: