Extras: Best to Laugh excerpt, trailer series, and discussion guide

In the opening prologue to her latest novel, Best to Laugh, Lorna Landvik writes: A black cocktail dress, decorated with a smattering of sequins across the neckline, hangs like an art piece on my bedroom wall. Although the integrity of the seams might be compromised, I could probably still squeeze into it, but for me the … More Extras: Best to Laugh excerpt, trailer series, and discussion guide

Teenage rebellion by music? Not so prevalent anymore.

BY MARK ALLISTERProfessor of English, environmental studies, and American studies at St. Olaf College in Minnesota Teenage rebellion takes many forms, but teens rejecting their parents’ music is a less likely expression of that rebellion than it once was. When I was growing up, my mom and dad listened to opera, to their scratchy old … More Teenage rebellion by music? Not so prevalent anymore.

Despite that white students are no longer the numerical majority in U.S. schools, racial inequality persists.

BY GILDA L. OCHOAProfessor of sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o studies at Pomona College Recently, much has been made about census reports that highlight how white students are no longer the numeric majority in U.S. public schools.  Awareness of these changes is important, but statistics on students’ racial demographics tell only part of the story. These demographic … More Despite that white students are no longer the numerical majority in U.S. schools, racial inequality persists.

Lorna Landvik: Life lessons from Joan Rivers.

BY LORNA LANDVIKStand-up and improvisational comedian, public speaker, and best-selling author —–This is the fourth post in a weekly series by Lorna Landvik.#1: On destiny.#2: Why I wrote Best to Laugh, Part 1. #3: Why I wrote Best to Laugh, Part 2.—– Far more than her list of favorite designers, I’d love to read a … More Lorna Landvik: Life lessons from Joan Rivers.

Explore the frightening landscape where water and thirst are political, and drought is a business opportunity.

Click here to download the graphic version of this article. This week is World Water Week in Stockholm, where more than 200 organizations are convening to discuss global water and development issues. In light of this event, we wanted to take the opportunity to feature a new book that responds to these same issues and … More Explore the frightening landscape where water and thirst are political, and drought is a business opportunity.

Lorna Landvik: Why I wrote Best to Laugh, Part 2.

BY LORNA LANDVIKStand-up and improvisational comedian, public speaker, and best-selling author —– This is the third post in a weekly series by Lorna Landvik.#1: On destiny. #2: Why I wrote Best to Laugh, Part 1. —– Several years ago on a visit to Los Angeles, I took a long, leisurely stroll down my old stomping … More Lorna Landvik: Why I wrote Best to Laugh, Part 2.