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Cody Delistraty


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Past articles by Cody:

What If We’ve Been Misunderstanding Monsters?

Fictional evil creatures might be more nuanced—and have more to teach us—than has long seemed. → Read More

The happiness ruse

How did feeling good become a matter of relentless, competitive work; a never-to-be-attained goal which makes us miserable? → Read More

Why Is the One Percent So Obsessed With Magic?

Steve Cohen, a.k.a. the Millionaires' Magician, has made a killing doing parlor magic for the wealthy—revealing the dreams and aspirations of those who already have everything. → Read More

In Soccer, Power’s Always in Play

A new exhibition at the Arab World Institute in Paris explores how the game embodies political and social changes in Africa, the Middle East and beyond. → Read More

Wes Anderson, Curator? The Filmmaker Gives It a Try

Mr. Anderson and his partner, Juman Malouf, were given free rein in Austria’s largest museum. But you can’t make an exhibition as you would a movie, our critic writes. → Read More

Just how meaningful is coincidence, beyond the statistics? – Cody Delistraty

Lightning can strike twice and people do call just when you’re thinking of them – but are such coincidences meaningful? → Read More

Provoking, or Pondering? What Makes the Best Satire?

Contrasting approaches by two French cartoonists — one of whom was killed in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks — show differing ways of poking fun at the powerful. → Read More

The Problem With Chuck Close

We shouldn’t erase this photorealist from the history of art. But it’s O.K. to cancel his show. → Read More

The Hidden Link Between Morality and Language

Tragedy can strike us any time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the best of it. When Frank’s dog was struck and killed by… → Read More

Yes, It Matters What You Wear to an Exam

The formality of clothing might not only influence the way others perceive a person, and how people perceive themselves, but could… → Read More

The Trump Whisperer: A Conversation with Washington Post Reporter David Fahrenthold

Fahrenthold on how he follows the money, "shows his work," and solicits leads from Twitter in covering Donald Trump. → Read More

The coming-of-age con

How can you go about finding ‘who you really are’ if the whole idea of the one true self is a big fabrication? → Read More

Building a World of Acceptance: A Conversation with DeRay Mckesson

Activist DeRay Mckesson says that to make this world a better place, people need to pick one thing to work on and keep at it. → Read More

Faster Than the Speed of Sound: An Interview with Holly Maniatty

American Sign Language interpreter Holly Maniatty uses every molecule in her body and the beautiful nuances of ASL to interpret musical performances for Deaf concert patrons. → Read More

The Real Obama: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biographer David J. Garrow

The author offers insights into the 44th President of the United States after interviewing over 1,000 people for Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. → Read More

What I’d Die for You Tells Us About Fitzgerald’s Troubled Final Years

There is an entrenched way of thinking about the writing life of F. Scott Fitzgerald: he found success young, but when his wife Zelda succumbed to mental → Read More

The Story of Memory: An Interview with Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on The Train and Into the Water, reflects on two unreliable things: narrators and memory. → Read More

You Can’t Upload Your “Self” Into Virtual Reality

In his 2003 book, Being No One, Thomas Metzinger contends there is no such thing as a “self.” Rather, the self is a kind of transparent… → Read More

Fellatio and Juliet: On the Hard Task of Writing About Blowjobs

Though many authors have mounted attempts to convey the strange and singular experience of fellatio, only those who understand the power dynamics between giver and receiver succeed. → Read More

How each generation gets the drugs it deserves – Cody Delistraty

LSD in the ’60s; ecstasy in the ’80s; ‘smart’ drugs today: how we get high reflects the desires and fears of our times → Read More