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.
Is There a Cure For Political Polarization?
Bloomberg Opinionn, April 03, 2022A conversation with author Mónica Guzmán on the costs of burning bridges with those we disagree with — and how exaggerated fears of other people’s views are driving Americans apart.
‘American Urbanist’ Review: Standing Out of the Crowd With William H. Whyte
The Wall Street Journal, March 04, 2022How the author of ‘The Organization Man’ went on to his greatest work: saving American cities.
It’s a Healthy Sign When Americans Fail the ‘Happiness’ Test
Bloomberg Opinion, February 12, 2022The ranking measures contentment and complacency. It penalizes imagination, opportunity and ambition.
Think Old Folks Are Too Scared of Inflation? Listen to This.
Bloomberg Opinion, December 26, 2021Maybe people who came of age in the 1970s can’t see straight when it comes to the prospect of surging prices. But remember: You weren’t there.
Is the U.S. Losing the War for Global Talent?
Bloomberg Opinion, December 24, 2021A Q&A with author Rajika Bhandari on why outdated immigration policies are harming America’s ability to attract and retain foreign students.
Christmas Stockings Are an Industrial Triumph
The Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2021Special stockings for holding gifts were unimaginable before modern technology and economics made socks cheap and abundant.
How Dodd-Frank Locks Out the Least Affluent Homebuyers
Bloomberg Opinion, November 09, 2021Rules intended to protect borrowers and rein in fees have drained the profit from small-dollar mortgage lending. Who suffers? People who are straining to start building wealth.
America’s Supply Chain Collides With California’s Nimbyism
Bloomberg Opinion, October 25, 2021A regulation at the Port of Long Beach has clogged national deliveries. It is emblematic of the state’s impasse on housing and other development.