Theodore Dalrymple

Theodore Dalrymple

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.


Suit Your Selfie

Sep 16 2017

Mail-order catalogs (except of antiquarian books) are not my favorite reading, and yet we can learn something from them, even from those that hold no

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The Case for Loafers

Sep 09 2017

No doubt it is a sign of advancing age, and also of retirement, that these days I always take a siesta. This increases my productivity


Rule Reversal

Sep 02 2017

Recently two Parisian taxi drivers of African origin have told me that they wished to return to Africa, and had concrete plans actually to do


Death or Discomfort?

Aug 26 2017

Freud said that dreams were the royal road to the unconscious—provided, of course, that the traffic was directed by him. His work has always seemed

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The Grand Illusion

Aug 19 2017

My best books are the ones I haven’t written. They are not yet even in the larval stage, but I know them to be profound

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The Pain Principle

Aug 12 2017

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it might be, my own personal travails, but at least I

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The Pain Principle

Aug 05 2017

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it might be, my own personal travails, but at least I


Let Every Taboo Fall

Aug 05 2017

I can never quite make up my mind whether politics is important or unimportant to me. I have only to read the latest headline to


British Parliament and Big Ben, London

The Appeal of Inherited Power

Jul 29 2017

Mr. McDonnell, deputy leader of the British Labour Party, which for the time being is in opposition, recently objected to the presence of hereditary peers


Samuel Johnson by Joshua Reynolds

The Good Doctor

Jul 22 2017

Not many people, I imagine, still read Dr. Johnson for pleasure or instruction, though he was once the favorite reading of the educated in the

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Everyday Snowflakes

Jul 15 2017

A young man of my acquaintance recently ended his intimate relationship with a girl that had lasted some years, and announced the fact to the

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Glastonbury Campsite

Pray for Rain

Jul 08 2017

In my salad days as vulgarity correspondent"€”that is to say, a reporter on the disgusting ways in which young British people so often chose to

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Jul 01 2017

I have long admired taxi drivers. They are often well-informed and have a clear-eyed view of human nature that is neither cynical nor sentimental. In

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Trust Your Neighbors

Jun 24 2017

I hesitate to show myself in a good light"€”it seems so much more honest, somehow, to confess to being a complete swine"€”but the other day


Woodlice Wisdom

Jun 17 2017

There is no better or more salutary way of reminding yourself of your own profound and irreparable ignorance than to browse in a well-stocked secondhand

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Tattoo Much

Jun 10 2017

Ariana Grande, of whom I had not heard until Salman Abedi killed 22 people at her "€œconcert"€ in Manchester, has had herself tattooed with a

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Assisted Dying Facility

Jun 03 2017

The British Medical Journal reported last week that Dutch legislators are considering the extension of their law of euthanasia to old people who are not

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Atala au tombeau, Girodet, 1808 - Musée du Louvre

The Butt of the Joke

May 27 2017

You know you are getting old when even the judges look young; but another sign of aging is a failure to understand the humor of

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The Soviet Way

May 20 2017

In the literal sense, the West triumphed in the Cold War. Nevertheless, a kind of creeping sovietization has overtaken it as if in revenge. I

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Once More With Feelings

May 13 2017

The sentencing of the governor of Jakarta to two years"€™ imprisonment for blasphemy may seem like a throwback to medieval intolerance, but it is far

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Self-portrait with a sunflower, Anthony van Dyck

The Deal of the Art

May 06 2017

Like most governments these days, the Irish government is a patron of the arts. The problem is that most governments know as much about the

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Dress to Regress

Apr 29 2017

What I really hate about Facebook is Mark Zuckerberg's T-shirts. Of course, his whole invention (if that is what one should call it) is an

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Prince Harry

Psychobabble On

Apr 22 2017

One of Britain's royal princes has revealed to tens of millions of his closest and dearest friends and acquaintances, via an interview in a newspaper,

Issue of the Century

Immigration Follies

Apr 15 2017

An item in a supposedly serious newspaper caught my attention recently. It reported a former Archbishop of Canterbury as saying that the British government systematically

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Look Around

Apr 08 2017

A few years ago my wife and I planted some cherry trees on our land in France, and now they are in bloom. The strange


Pity the Poor Politicians

Apr 01 2017

The contempt in which we hold most of our politicians, while largely justified, is also dangerous. Politics seems increasingly to be the means by which