Theodore Dalrymple

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Theodore Dalrymple is an author and retired doctor who has written for many publications round the world, including the Spectator (London), the Wall Street Journal (New York) and The Australian (Sydney). He is contributing editor of the City Journal of New York, and his latest book is Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality, Encounter Books.


Cultural Caviar

Taxicab Confessions

Taxicab Confessions

January 14, 2017

The question of intellectual and moral authority is an important one,

Vile Bodies

Beneath Paris

Beneath Paris

January 07, 2017

The French, I think, must be world champions in the production of books

How-To

Better Left Unsaid

Better Left Unsaid

December 31, 2016

Future historians, if there are any, will look on our epoch as one of bad

All About Me

Barely Scratching the Surface

Barely Scratching the Surface

December 24, 2016

For the past three months or so I have suffered from, or at least experienced,

Deep Thoughts

Articles of Faith

Articles of Faith

December 17, 2016

We should all like to know why some people become terrorists, other than for

Cultural Caviar

Advise and Dissent

Advise and Dissent

December 10, 2016

Exhortation is almost as futile as it is inevitable, at least if measured by

Cultural Caviar

Who’s Your Favorite Dictator?

Who’s Your Favorite Dictator?

December 03, 2016

Just as everyone has his favorite crime, so everyone has his favorite dictator.

Cultural Caviar

Dissatisfaction Guaranteed

Dissatisfaction Guaranteed

November 26, 2016

Recently we stayed a few days in Belgium with friends who had very

Cultural Caviar

Basi’s Daydream

Basi’s Daydream

November 19, 2016

In some countries, including my own, there has been of late an increasing

Cultural Caviar

The Importance of Being Sympathetic

The Importance of Being Sympathetic

November 12, 2016

On the day that Donald John Trump was declared the victor in the American

Zeitgeist

Blind Commitment

Blind Commitment

November 04, 2016

You can get angry with machines, especially when you haven’t the faintest

Scandal

The Price of Bread

The Price of Bread

October 29, 2016

Who would be a politician? It is like living in permanent fear of ambush, with

Cultural Caviar

Not a Nobel Man

Not a Nobel Man

October 22, 2016

The great sinologist and literary essayist Simon Leys began his essay on the

How-To

Adding Insult Without Injury

Adding Insult Without Injury

October 15, 2016

If Mr. Trump had been caught on video talking about early Sienese painting I

Vile Bodies

Checking In With Liam

Checking In With Liam

October 08, 2016

I rarely buy The Sunday Times, a British newspaper with as many sections and

Zeitgeist

A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera

October 01, 2016

It often seems to me that the first qualification for producers of operas these

Idiocracy

When Mediocrity Strikes

When Mediocrity Strikes

September 24, 2016

I think I too could be a Nobel Prize winner in economics—at least if an

Architecture

Walsall’s Competition

Walsall’s Competition

September 17, 2016

Of all Western European countries, England is the most richly endowed with

Zeitgeist

Life de Bois

Life de Bois

September 10, 2016

From time to time I receive invitations by e-mail to attend conferences on

Cultural Caviar

Prometheus Unbound

Prometheus Unbound

September 03, 2016

I am never sure whether I should lament the state of the world or be complacent

Deep Thoughts

The Daily Special Olympics

The Daily Special Olympics

August 27, 2016

Although France is on the same downward slide as Britain, you can tell that it

The Untold Story

Olympia’s True Victors

Olympia’s True Victors

August 20, 2016

Once again the only country of any size that, as far as I can see, emerges from

Politics

Back to Turkey

Back to Turkey

August 13, 2016

The recent events in Turkey interested me in part because I am about to pay my

Cultural Caviar

The Symptoms of Pott’s Disease

The Symptoms of Pott’s Disease

August 06, 2016

It is hardly surprising that newspapers nowadays more and more

Trending

Killing Time

Killing Time

July 30, 2016

For reasons unnecessary to go into, I once found myself at a loose end for a

Cultural Caviar

Mankind Is Stuffed

Mankind Is Stuffed

July 23, 2016

When I was a boy I had a classmate (with whom my relations were neither

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