Andrew Olmsted

Location: Colorado Springs, CO USA
Birthday: Feb. 1
In My Own Words:
I am a Major in the United States Army Reserve, currently mobilized to help train troops supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. My reading includes primarily the Civil War, World War II, science fiction and fantasy. For political and military commentary, please check out my blog at


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The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic &hellip by Virginia I. Postrel
Upon first hearing of Virginia Postel's new project, I confess I was somewhat taken aback. After her fascinating analysis of political thought in The Future and Its Enemies, what was she doing writing about something as ephemeral as style? I therefore approached her new work with some trepidation, as I wasn't sure where she might take such an odd (to me) topic. I needn't have worried.
The Substance of Style is one of those books that is almost annoying, because in it Postrel has identified a trend that is so pervasive that once you've read the first few chapters, you look around you with new eyes, noticing things that have been there all along but that you accepted as simply part of… Read more