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 writes a monthly column in New English Review and is contributing editor of the City Journal of New York. His latest book is Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality, Encounter Books.


Roulette to Riches

Jul 20 2014

Whether it is more painful to be justly than unjustly accused is a difficult question to answer: sometimes I think the one, sometimes the other.


Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

When Noblesse Obliged

Jul 13 2014

Among the many ways of dividing humanity into two is to slice between those who love, and those who detest, questions that are intrinsically unanswerable.

Crime and Punishment

Life Through Fisheyes

Jul 06 2014

A single death, said Stalin, is a tragedy; a million deaths are a statistic. We know, alas, precisely what he meant by this cynical remark:


A Miasma of Untruth

Jun 29 2014

Those who irritate us and give us grounds for righteous indignation are our secret benefactors, for there are few states of mind more gratifying than


Liberty, Equality, Regrettably

Jun 22 2014

For a number of years I used to write a weekly column in the British Medical Journal about medicine and literature. The field, of course,

Cultural Caviar

Slobbery as Snobbery

Jun 15 2014

Walking through Amsterdam recently, a paradox that I had long noticed in an inchoate way formulated itself clearly in my mind. It was this: A


Vicodin Ingestion Syndrome

Jun 08 2014

A major epidemic in America, which seems to me to have received rather less publicity than its scale would warrant, is the dramatic increase in

Political Economy

Mahamadou Issoufou

When Eggheads Go Sour

Jun 01 2014

Recently I read an interview with the President of Niger, the francophone country to the north of Nigeria, about Boko Haram, the Islamist group that

Cultural Caviar

The Sporting Lie

May 25 2014

In my youth, hard though it is for me to recall it now, I was quite good at sport. I could never have become better than quite good at it, however, because

Cultural Caviar

Boko Haram and the Indelible West

May 18 2014

When I arrived in the city of Maiduguri nearly thirty years ago, everyone was away at the public executions. It was a ghost town until


Piketty’s Garden of Envy

May 11 2014

Resentment is the one emotion that can last a lifetime and will never let you down. All other emotions are fleeting and unreliable by comparison.


Justo Rufino Barrios

From Sir, With Love

May 04 2014

Everyone loves a tyrant, provided he is far enough away or long enough ago. Tyrants are much more interesting than so-called democratic politicians, especially nowadays,

Cultural Caviar

St. Tropez. France

Creatures of a Day

Apr 27 2014

Yesterday a young woman who was unknown to me except at third hand died. She was the friend of a friend of my wife. Considering

Cultural Caviar

The Gross Domestic Pissants

Apr 20 2014

A small item in one of those free newspapers that end up on the seats of the world's subway systems caught my attention yesterday. It was

Afternoon Delight

Christopher Hitchens

Some Questions

Apr 13 2014

Some questions are asked in a spirit of inquiry, to obtain answers, but others are asked to intimidate or badger or coerce agreement with a

Cultural Caviar

Young Theodore Roosevelt

A More Sinister Equality

Apr 06 2014

Patriotic effusions, whosever they may be, seldom please citizens of other nations, because they are generally so self-congratulatory; and self-congratulation, which is no doubt an

Cultural Caviar


Bile in the Blogosphere

Mar 30 2014

Nothing is important or unimportant, but thinking makes it so. Nevertheless, other people's priorities infuriate us: We think them fools for worrying over trifles, while

Afternoon Delight

Entertainment Surfeit Disorder

Mar 23 2014

The only time I regret not being much richer than I am is when I receive through the post (as I did yesterday) the catalogue

Bravery Hurts

The Difference Between Firmness and Cruelty

Mar 16 2014

A story that appeared recently in Libération, the left-wing French newspaper in financial difficulty, seemed to me to capture the spirit of our times very

Cultural Caviar

Oscar Pistorius

A Freak Show Called Generosity

Mar 08 2014

Legless South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius is now on trial for having killed"€”deliberately or otherwise"€”his girlfriend. Although I have my own theory of the


Mezhyhirya, Ukraine

The Wisdom of a Ukrainian Plumber

Mar 02 2014

Just before the current troubles in Ukraine began, we called a plumber to our rented flat in Paris, which smelled of mold at the time.

Cultural Caviar

Nowhere to Hide

Feb 23 2014

People who were charged with a crime in England used to be told by the police that they did not have to say anything, but

Cultural Caviar

Who Will Hire the Hangman?

Feb 16 2014

Why should the dying have all the best deaths? Fatal illness is not the only form of terrible human suffering: on the contrary, the briefest

Cultural Caviar

Lord Cromer

The Folly of Liberal Imperialism

Feb 09 2014

When, half an eternity ago, I was a small boy who collected stamps, I was very favorably disposed toward King Farouk. I noticed that Egyptian

Crime and Punishment

Unjust Crimes and Unjust Executions

Feb 02 2014

Apart from pulp novels, airport bookshops often have an eccentric selection of books. A few years ago, for example, in the bookshop in the airport


Musée de l

Museum of the Living Dead

Jan 26 2014

It took me two attempts to visit the Musée de l"€™histoire vivante"€”the Museum of Living History"€”in Montreuil, in the suburbs of Paris. The first time,