She writes a monthly column on “Culture & Commerce” for The Atlantic and contributes columns to Forbes magazine. For the past six years, she has been an economics columnist for The New York Times business section, her last column appearing March 23, 2006. Postrel also maintains a popular weblog. From July 1989 to January 2000, Postrel was the editor of Reason magazine.
Writing in Vanity Fair, Sam Tanenhaus described Postrel as “a master D.J. who sequences the latest riffs from the hard sciences, the social sciences, business, and technology, to name only a few sources,” while Camille Paglia has called her “one of the smartest women in America.”
Postrel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, with a degree in English literature.