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.


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

Cultural Caviar

Jug Jargon

Jug Jargon

November 25, 2017

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

Cultural Caviar

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

Cultural Caviar

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

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,

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