Mary Carmen Ochoa

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20 places everyone should visit in South America

Its countries are filled with stunning natural parks, bustling streets, and, of course, incredible food.<p>We've put together a collection of 21 sights to see and experiences to have in South America. From gazing at monumental statues to marveling at the world's highest waterfall, there are plenty of …

South America

Inside Walt Disney's Ambitious, Failed Plan to Build the City of Tomorrow

Before EPCOT there was Project X, Florida's first utopian metropolis.<p><i>The future is forged by pouring a stiff drink, kicking back, and taking a second to question everything. We here at love a crazy-idea-that-just-might-work, so this week, we're paying tribute to the forward-thinkers of</i> …

Walt Disney Company

Natalie Portman explains how “obliviousness” became her biggest asset at Harvard — and in life

The Academy Award-toting actress told graduates she was “woefully unprepared” for both Harvard and “Black Swan”<p>Natalie Portman returned to her alma mater, Harvard University, Wednesday to deliver a powerful commencement speech in which the now Academy Award-toting actress explained how …

Natalie Portman

Why Baltimore Blew Up

It wasn't just the killing of Freddie Gray. Inside the complex legal infrastructure that encourages — and covers up — police violence<p>When Baltimore …

16 Modern Poets You Need to Know About

Chances are the last time you discovered a new favorite poet, you were sitting in fourth period English waiting for the lunch bell to ring. Even if you went on to study literature in college, those “contemporary” poets were probably born around the mid-twentieth century. While we love classic …

Pulitzer Prize

The only way to see this incredible museum in Mexico is by scuba diving

The Museo Subacuático de Arte, located off the coast of Isla Mujeres in Mexico's Riviera Maya, is the world's largest underwater museum.<p>Composed of over 500 life-sized sculptures, MUSA offers incredible displays hidden 28 feet below the ocean's surface. That means that the only way it can be …

Scuba Diving

How Steve Jobs Trained His Own Brain |

Steve Jobs is one of the two or three greatest icons of high tech, rivaled only by Bill Gates and perhaps Mark Zuckerberg. He's mostly known for his legendary ability to create innovative, groundbreaking products.<p>What's less known, though, is that Steve Jobs was a pioneer in what was once a rather …


I Completed a 30-Day Minimalism Challenge In Order to "Live More Simply" And Have Less Stuff

It is just dawning on me that my life will never look "chic," "effortless," or "minimal." Though I like to think that Future Claire will have a wardrobe of expertly-tailored basics in muted tones — shirts and sweaters in shades like "pebble" and "bone" — I will always be the girl who impulsively …


39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …


26-Year-Old Frida Kahlo’s Compassionate Letter to 46-Year-Old Georgia O’Keeffe

“I would like to tell you every thing that happened to me since the last time we saw each other, but most of them are sad and you mustn’t know sad things now.”<p>There is something uncommonly heartening about bearing witness to the virtuous cycle of support and mutual appreciation between two creative …


22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

10 Times Ballet Dancers Made Pop Music Videos So Much Better

Earlier this month, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier debuted his newest music video for the Grammy nominated ballad, "Take Me to Church." The four-minute visual tease, directed by artist David LaChapelle, introduced ballet novices to Moscow-based dancer Sergei Polunin, a man who rebels against the …

Music Videos

The 27 Most Important Moments From The Oscars

A recap of Hollywood's biggest night, including an appearance by Glom Gazingo.

How to Start Your Novel: Advice From Literary Agents

<i>This column is excerpted from Guide to Literary Agents, from Writer’s Digest Books.</i><p>No one reads more prospective novel beginnings than literary …

Creative Writing