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.


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Off Guard

Off Guard

February 24, 2018

I would make a very bad bodyguard—not that it has ever been my ambition to be

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In Defense of Mediocrity

In Defense of Mediocrity

February 17, 2018

Of recent months, several children of friends of mine have asked my help in

Injured Parties

Observing Ramadan

Observing Ramadan

February 10, 2018

I have met Tariq Ramadan only once in my life and was very impressed by

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For the Love of Hate

For the Love of Hate

February 03, 2018

Last week I stayed in a part of London on the border between a rich and a poor

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Help Wanted: Save Civilization

Help Wanted: Save Civilization

January 27, 2018

There is nothing quite as pleasing as to contemplate the imminent end of the

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Adding Injury to Insult

Adding Injury to Insult

January 20, 2018

I went last week to a production of Rigoletto, the revival of a production

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Mary Neal Lives On

Mary Neal Lives On

January 13, 2018

While researching a book recently, I came across the figure of Max Plowman, a

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How Journaling Can Help You

How Journaling Can Help You

January 06, 2018

I suspect that I am of the last generation that ever considers writing anything

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City of Lights, Camera, Action

City of Lights, Camera, Action

December 30, 2017

Paris is by far the best city in the world for cinema. At least, it is the best

Oy Vey!

Speaking UNOGese

Speaking UNOGese

December 23, 2017

On a recent visit to Geneva, somebody handed me a pamphlet titled 170 Daily

Zeitgeist

Skip the Ads

Skip the Ads

December 16, 2017

By their adverts shall ye know them; such, at any rate, is my supposition

Public Nuisances

Quiet Please

Quiet Please

December 09, 2017

One of the most denied of all human rights is that to silence. I do not mean by

Hate Cries

Fight Makes Right

Fight Makes Right

December 02, 2017

Last week, I spoke at a writers’ festival and there was a demonstration

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Jug Jargon

Jug Jargon

November 25, 2017

One of the pleasures of working as a prison doctor was to learn the language of

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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

November 18, 2017

I returned recently to my house in France for a brief break. The weather was of

Huh

The Sock Fairy: A Complicated Relationship

The Sock Fairy: A Complicated Relationship

November 11, 2017

Life is full of irritations, major and minor. One of the minor irritations is

Vile Bodies

Le Corbusier: Liar, Cheat, Thief, and Plagiarist

Le Corbusier: Liar, Cheat, Thief, and Plagiarist

November 04, 2017

Some time ago, I was asked to review a vast biography of Bertolt Brecht, the

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The Way of Che

The Way of Che

October 28, 2017

The Irish Post Office has issued a stamp to commemorate the fiftieth

Wild Things

The Matter of the Meat

The Matter of the Meat

October 21, 2017

I arrived at my house in France recently to find the roses eaten by deer and a

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A Tourist at Muharram

A Tourist at Muharram

October 14, 2017

There is nothing so odd, bizarre, and sometimes disgusting as other people’s

Middle East

An Air-Conditioned Life

An Air-Conditioned Life

October 07, 2017

It is a strange life, and none stranger than in the Gulf—the Persian Gulf, I

Zeitgeist

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

September 30, 2017

Recently I made reference to the criticism Simon Leys made of a book by

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The Price of Idiocy

The Price of Idiocy

September 23, 2017

When I was asked to name the contemporary writer whom I most admired, I used

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Suit Your Selfie

Suit Your Selfie

September 16, 2017

Mail-order catalogs (except of antiquarian books) are not my favorite reading,

Deep Thoughts

The Case for Loafers

The Case for Loafers

September 09, 2017

No doubt it is a sign of advancing age, and also of retirement, that these days

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Rule Reversal

Rule Reversal

September 02, 2017

Recently two Parisian taxi drivers of African origin have told me that they

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