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.


Vile Bodies

The Dangers of Saccharine

The Dangers of Saccharine

March 26, 2016

I flew to Paris the day Brussels was bombed. It was a fine

Vile Bodies

Catalog Slog

Catalog Slog

March 19, 2016

Ours is a golden age of expensive cheap trash—or is it cheap expensive trash?

Cultural Caviar

The Thirteenth Juror

The Thirteenth Juror

March 12, 2016

Shortly after my arrival for a short visit to New York City, I had the happy

Crime and Punishment

Sorry Excuse

Sorry Excuse

March 05, 2016

An English judge called Beverley Lunt, known locally for her leniency, recently

The Untold Story

A Heavy Dose of Blame

A Heavy Dose of Blame

February 27, 2016

These days there is a lot of monomania about. But then perhaps there always

Cultural Caviar

Feeling Listless?

Feeling Listless?

February 20, 2016

I have reached the age of making lists of things to do. This is partly an

Deep Thoughts

Bittersweet Charity

Bittersweet Charity

February 13, 2016

Having, like most journalists, made a career of lamenting the state of the

Deep Thoughts

Seeing Eye to Eye

Seeing Eye to Eye

February 06, 2016

Of all the subjects of academic study, psychology is probably the most useless,

Public Nuisances

Common Sense on the Ropes

Common Sense on the Ropes

January 30, 2016

It is strange what moves people to action, if signing a petition counts as

Vile Bodies

Blubber Blame

Blubber Blame

January 23, 2016

A recent paper in The New England Journal of Medicine describes the use of

Pop Music

Not a Fan

Not a Fan

January 16, 2016

One should not speak ill of the dead, of course, especially of the recently

Cultural Caviar

Regime Strange

Regime Strange

January 09, 2016

In Pyongyang I once nearly marched past the Great Leader himself (Kim Il Sung),

Cultural Caviar

In a Word

In a Word

January 02, 2016

On 30 December, 2015, the French newspaper Libération had a huge word

Europe

Against the Law

Against the Law

December 26, 2015

Credit where credit is due: President Hollande—who until then had never

Cultural Caviar

The Will to Outrage

The Will to Outrage

December 19, 2015

There is no racist like an antiracist: That is because he is obsessed by race,

Crime and Punishment

The Person Behind the Door

The Person Behind the Door

December 12, 2015

The verdicts in the case of Oscar Pistorius, and the reasoning behind them,

Cultural Caviar

Indignation (Righteous or Otherwise)

Indignation (Righteous or Otherwise)

December 05, 2015

With a little effort I can work myself up into a fury of indignation about most

Cultural Caviar

The African Scene

The African Scene

November 28, 2015

I think I may safely claim to be one of the few people alive to have flown in a

Zeitgeist

For Crying Out Loud

For Crying Out Loud

November 21, 2015

A British judge is reported to have wept recently as he sentenced two murderers

Cultural Caviar

Er, F—- Monomania

Er, F—- Monomania

November 14, 2015

To celebrate the arrival of the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, in

Idiocracy

A Quick Word

A Quick Word

November 07, 2015

Last week I was irritated to receive an e-mail from the British Medical Journal

Deep Thoughts

One More Feather Duster

One More Feather Duster

October 31, 2015

La Rochefoucauld said that it is easier to give good advice than to take it, to

Cultural Caviar

Something Is Rotten

Something Is Rotten

October 24, 2015

The British government-funded cultural establishment’s fawning and flattering

Economic Crisis

Secondhand Knowledge

Secondhand Knowledge

October 17, 2015

There is no quality more fleeting than modernity and nothing staler than an

Vile Bodies

Flying Off the Handle

Flying Off the Handle

October 10, 2015

I am no great admirer of management as a science or of managers as people. The

Scandal

Emission of Guilt

Emission of Guilt

October 03, 2015

An old Australian judge of my acquaintance, an art collector and general

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