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.


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

Cultural Caviar

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

Cultural Caviar

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

Cultural Caviar

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

Cultural Caviar

Rule Reversal

Rule Reversal

September 02, 2017

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

Cultural Caviar

Death or Discomfort?

Death or Discomfort?

August 26, 2017

Freud said that dreams were the royal road to the unconscious—provided, of

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.

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