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A specialist in eighteenth-century French literature and culture, Weber is a fashion historian and the author of "Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the French Revolution." She is also[…]

The fashion author and historian worries about the quantity and quality of her output.

Question: What keeps you up at night?

Caroline Weber: I have friends I admire, scholars I admire, writers I admire who are so prolific who do a book a year or a book every other year. My friend Simon Schama, who I revere, who seems to do a book every other year and also all of these amazing cerebral television shows. I am so impressed by that quantity and quality of that output and I feel if I don’t go to bed worrying about how much more output I can generate the next day, or the next week, or the next month, I might fall by the wayside and become completely useless. So, that’s what really keeps me up the most.

Recorded on October 13, 2009