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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Notes From a Messy Study

Notes From a Messy Study

June 23, 2018

The ambition of a friend of my wife’s is to die with her house tidy. I have a

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A Narrow View of Things

A Narrow View of Things

June 16, 2018

Intellectuals are often shortsighted, failing to see what is before their very

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Obit Snit

Obit Snit

June 09, 2018

We are enjoined to say nothing ill of the dead—the recently dead, that is,

Crime and Punishment

All in a Day’s Leave

All in a Day’s Leave

June 02, 2018

When it comes to murder, I am not a utilitarian; that is to say, I am against

Deep Thoughts

From the Cell to the Stage

From the Cell to the Stage

May 26, 2018

Concerts by a singer called Bertrand Cantat in Paris were canceled recently

Looking Back

Jot This Down

Jot This Down

May 19, 2018

In Chekhov’s The Seagull, there is a character called Trigorin. He is a

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The Bureaucrat’s Point of View

The Bureaucrat’s Point of View

May 12, 2018

This is a story with a happy ending. I was driving through France with my

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The Profane Is Now Profound

The Profane Is Now Profound

May 05, 2018

When Eliza Doolittle said “Not bloody likely” at the first performance in

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Tears of a Tyrant

Tears of a Tyrant

April 28, 2018

I think it was Jean Améry who said that once you have been tortured you remain

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Revolutionary Thinking

Revolutionary Thinking

April 21, 2018

There is compulsory entertainment almost everywhere these days, even in public

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Ungenuine Article

Ungenuine Article

April 14, 2018

Race is a subject about which we all feel slightly nervous these days, because

Crime and Punishment

Trial by Fury

Trial by Fury

April 07, 2018

Everyone knows, or thinks he knows, the dangers of nationalism and its

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An Uncivil Society

An Uncivil Society

March 31, 2018

Whatever else may be said about Marxism, it provided (for those who needed it)

Deep Thoughts

Lies and Literature

Lies and Literature

March 24, 2018

The first writer of supposedly classic status whom I ever read was W.W. Jacobs.

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Murder, He Wrote

Murder, He Wrote

March 17, 2018

There have long been complaints about crime—the quality of it, I mean, not

Deep Thoughts

A Question of Quackery

A Question of Quackery

March 10, 2018

One cannot blame anyone for having failed to do the impossible, but the fact

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Singing for Sanity

Singing for Sanity

March 03, 2018

I have too much respect for music to sing myself, as my voice is such that it

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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

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