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Cody Delistraty is a writer based in Paris.

He writes cultural criticism and profiles for the dead-tree and digital pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Longreads, Esquire, New York, Aeon, FriezeModern PaintersSlate, The AtlanticHazlitt, The Los Angeles Review of BooksVice,  Literary Hub, The MillionsDocument Journaland others.

He is the features editor at Mastermind magazine; he works on special projects at Dior, and he was named one of the best young writers of 2017 by British Vogue. Formerly, he was an associate producer and speechwriter for Charlie Rose.

He holds a bachelor’s from N.Y.U. and a master’s in European history from Oxford.

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36 Comments

  1. When introducing Garrison Keillor to an audience in Amherst, MA, on Nov 19, before awarding him its fourth annual Tell-it-Slant Award, Emily Dickinson Museum Director Jane Wald quoted your essay on the psychology of storytelling. Can you link me to the whole essay or provide a source?

  2. lucidanna says

    I’ve stumbled upon your blog through the article in the Atlantic about creativity. What elegance! I’m now a subscriber.

    • Cody Delistraty says

      thank you ! so glad to hear ! and, as for a book, sooner rather than later; I’ll make sure you know!

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  4. So happy I found your blog. As an ex-Manhattanite who misses NYC terribly, I also spend a lot of time in France–which I miss when I’m not there either. I can live vicariously through your eloquence –especially since I am the least eloquent blogger in the world.
    Thank you!

  5. What an interesting blog! I especially love the section on travel. What is your one tip for a person traveling alone to a place where language could be a barrier?

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  8. isha says

    Hi! Huge fan of your blog! How do you find inspiration for the articles you write? What is your process?

    Also, any routines/rituals you stick to when trying to keep yourself updated and intellectually/culturally aware?

    Thanks!
    Isha

    • Cody says

      Hi Isha, thanks for your kind words. I’m not sure I could pinpoint my source of inspiration for you, but I can tell you my ideas come to me almost exclusively while walking. Perhaps more helpfully, I think the best way to stay updated and intellectually aware is to chat with interesting people. You can never overrate the importance of interestingness, so seeking out people who embody that trait is always a great use of time.

  9. Hi Cody. I came to your site after reading two of your articles on Medium. I wonder how would you call your topic interests as shown in all of your writings. They are the intersection of linguistics, sociology and cognition? How would you define your focus in this site? Thanks!

    • That’s a tricky question. I suppose though that I most like to tackle the big questions of the human condition using different disciplines to approach them. So, for instance, if I want to address prejudice I use neuroscience and linguistics to look at how names affect our standing in life; or, if I want to look at how humans deal with existential dread, I look at the psychology of storytelling. I’m interested in making The Big Questions smaller and more understandable. Plus, I like to sprinkle in France!

      • I am currently working on my dissertation at Bournemouth University, I am looking at the focus of identifying some life events from experienced backpackers.

        I am conducting some research based on your opinion of risk perception and Terrorism. Whether your decision to travel / partake in activities, will effect your decision making process when planning your travels.

        This could be Natural disasters, terrorism, culture, religion, gender etc…. would you say that you could be at a high risk, or does it vary from country to country?

        Some may not even consider the risk, but this is what I would like to find out!!

        Personally without sounding too biased… I would be too concerned to travel to Iraq, due to kidnapping back in April 2014. Some may thrive from the risk taking element.

        If you could let me know your thoughts, it would really be a great help for my research!

        Thanks a million!

        Leigh Sullivan

        Bournemouth University Student

        School of Tourism

  10. Little Freckled One says

    Hi Cody! Sorry this is a random question but I think you would able to give me a better perspective of what to expect. As an American traveling through France, how tough is it to communicate with the language barrier? I obviously want to learn some basic French before I go for it, but would that be enough? Would it be offensive to French people if I really suck at it but try to speak it anyway?

    You are SO talented.

    • Hello little freckled one! Where you are in France will determine your ability to get through the language barrier. In Paris or Nice or Cannes or even Toulouse or Marseilles, you should be fine just speaking English; if you’re headed really far north or into the heartland, however, you could have a bit more trouble. I think your best bet is just to learn the most that you can before going and then give it your best shot! Surely no sane person will be offended so long as you say hello, goodbye, please, and thank you just like you would in the States — simple stuff ! Enjoy your trip 🙂

      • Little Freckled One says

        Hi Cody! Thank you for your response 🙂 I feel a ton better now. I will most likely be wandering around Paris and Nice most of the time so I will learn the most common phrases for back up. I am SO excited for my trip! Hope all is well in your part of the world.

  11. Red Castillo says

    What a wonderful piece of writing! Are you still in Paris by any chance?

  12. Ash White says

    Thanks for the lovely comment, Cody.

    I am extremely flattered as you seem to be a very well-accomplished young man!

    Take care,

    Ash

  13. Melissa Rizzio says

    Hi. I just recently stumbled upon your writing (two hours ago), and I can’t break away. I thoroughly enjoy your writing style, and am almost wary of being vain when I say it reminds me of how I used to write. Have you ever not been able to write? I feel like the older I get, the harder it is for me write anything of interest. Or perhaps I’ve just become too conditioned/ bothered with other peoples lives to think anything I have to say might hold a spark of interest.

    I don’t really know where I was intending to go with this, but I just wanted to reach out and thank you for writing what you feel, what you know, and what you love.

    -Melissa

  14. coucou cody.
    i stumbled upon an article of yours on TC about masculinity that you’ve just published and was enchanted enough to snoop about your other writings available online. you’ve got an impressive set of stuff up here. it’s refreshing to read intelligent perspectives on the old transatlantic romanticism (or any travel themes, really — i’ve recently been abroad for 8 months part of which I spent on a uni exchange on La Reunion and was always left uninspired by the lens with which the typical travelin’ kid sees the world)..
    i’d be interested to see what your fictions is like — any of it on here?

    if ever you’re around spokane (i’m doing my last year of college at a school in the PNW) x

  15. I studied politics and media as well by the way — did my senior thesis in college on twitter as a political tool in China. Would love to meet up in Paris!

    • Politics, communications and French! Glad you like the pics too! Just to be clear, not all the pics are mine, but I’ve attributed ownership in the caption if they’re not!

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