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.


Deep Thoughts

The Grand Illusion

The Grand Illusion

August 19, 2017

My best books are the ones I haven’t written. They are not yet even in the

Deep Thoughts

The Pain Principle

The Pain Principle

August 12, 2017

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it

Deep Thoughts

The Pain Principle

The Pain Principle

August 05, 2017

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it

Politics

Let Every Taboo Fall

Let Every Taboo Fall

August 05, 2017

I can never quite make up my mind whether politics is important or unimportant

Politics

The Appeal of Inherited Power

The Appeal of Inherited Power

July 29, 2017

Mr. McDonnell, deputy leader of the British Labour Party, which for the time

Cultural Caviar

The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor

July 22, 2017

Not many people, I imagine, still read Dr. Johnson for pleasure or instruction,

Zeitgeist

Everyday Snowflakes

Everyday Snowflakes

July 15, 2017

A young man of my acquaintance recently ended his intimate relationship with a

Vile Bodies

Pray for Rain

Pray for Rain

July 08, 2017

In my salad days as vulgarity correspondent—that is to say, a reporter on the

Deep Thoughts

Fare-Minded

Fare-Minded

July 01, 2017

I have long admired taxi drivers. They are often well-informed and have a

Deep Thoughts

Trust Your Neighbors

Trust Your Neighbors

June 24, 2017

I hesitate to show myself in a good light—it seems so much more honest,

Cultural Caviar

Woodlice Wisdom

Woodlice Wisdom

June 17, 2017

There is no better or more salutary way of reminding yourself of your own

Vile Bodies

Tattoo Much

Tattoo Much

June 10, 2017

Ariana Grande, of whom I had not heard until Salman Abedi killed 22 people at

Deep Thoughts

Assisted Dying Facility

Assisted Dying Facility

June 03, 2017

The British Medical Journal reported last week that Dutch legislators are

Vile Bodies

The Butt of the Joke

May 27, 2017

You know you are getting old when even the judges look young; but another sign

Zeitgeist

The Soviet Way

The Soviet Way

May 20, 2017

In the literal sense, the West triumphed in the Cold War. Nevertheless, a kind

Zeitgeist

Once More With Feelings

Once More With Feelings

May 13, 2017

The sentencing of the governor of Jakarta to two years’ imprisonment for

Trash

The Deal of the Art

The Deal of the Art

May 06, 2017

Like most governments these days, the Irish government is a patron of the arts.

Vile Bodies

Dress to Regress

Dress to Regress

April 29, 2017

What I really hate about Facebook is Mark Zuckerberg’s T-shirts. Of course,

Deep Thoughts

Psychobabble On

Psychobabble On

April 22, 2017

One of Britain’s royal princes has revealed to tens of millions of his

Issue of the Century

Immigration Follies

Immigration Follies

April 15, 2017

An item in a supposedly serious newspaper caught my attention recently. It

Deep Thoughts

Look Around

Look Around

April 08, 2017

A few years ago my wife and I planted some cherry trees on our land in France,

Cultural Caviar

Pity the Poor Politicians

Pity the Poor Politicians

April 01, 2017

The contempt in which we hold most of our politicians, while largely justified,

Cultural Caviar

Worms Have Rights Too

Worms Have Rights Too

March 25, 2017

The real winners of the recent Dutch elections were the animals—or at least

Cultural Caviar

A Pardon for M. Fillon

A Pardon for M. Fillon

March 18, 2017

These are wonderful times for conspiracy theorists. Not a sparrow falls but M.

PC World

Two Forms of Mass Hysteria

Two Forms of Mass Hysteria

March 11, 2017

The mode of transmission of the disease kuru was established by the American

Semantics

Taking Out the Rubbish

Taking Out the Rubbish

March 04, 2017

Foolishness springs eternal. And this is just as well for us journalists,

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