To promote The Fabric of Civilization, I've been doing lots of podcasts and Zoom talks from a makeshift studio in my kitchen. I use block-printed fabric I bought in India as a backdrop to cover the doors to my washer and dryer. You can get an idea of how it looks from these screen shots of a Zoom talk, one where I'm sharing my screen and one where I'm answering questions, or check out the video at the end of the post.
Podcasts have replaced radio interviews as the book tour's bread and butter publicity, and I've been doing loads of them. They're generally a satisfying experience, because hosts have read the book and you can have a real conversation. Check these out:
a16z with Sonal Chokshi: "Textiles as Tech, Science, Math, Culture… or Civilization" Tech-oriented podcast hosted by the Andreesen Horowitz venture capital firm.
Virtual Memories Show with Gil Roth: "Virginia Postrel" Podcast "about books and life," focused on writers, artists, and comics creators.
init with Dave Birnbaum: "Textiles and Tech" Podcast about the "tactile internet."
The Bookmonger with John J. Miller: "The Fabric of Civilization by Virginia Postrel" Short interviews about books, produced by National Review.
The Curious Task with Alex Aragona: "Virginia Postrel—How Do Textiles Shape Society?" Philosophy, politics, economics, and other ideas from a classical liberal perspective.
Alain Guillot: "Virginia Postrel, How Textiles Made the World" Personal Development, Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship