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.

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,


Hillary Clinton

Triumph of the Mediocre

Jan 19 2014

Hillary Clinton, so we are told, kept a spreadsheet devoted to her enemies, whom she rated on a scale of her own devising. I can"€™t

Cultural Caviar

King Juan Carlos of Spain

Euthanasia Without Discrimination

Jan 12 2014

The temper of the times is often revealed by small details in newspapers, and that is why (I tell myself) I still read them, though


The Street Keynesians

Jan 05 2014

According to a poll carried out by the Figaro newspaper, only 17% of the French believe that 2014 will be a good year, but in


Speaking Bureaucratically

Dec 29 2013

My late friend, the distinguished economist Peter Bauer, used to say that the only true unemployment in the modern world was among satirists, for the


Michelle Bachelet

Man’s Eternal Struggle for Self-Importance

Dec 22 2013

Chile is one of many faraway countries of which I know nothing, but I was intrigued to read in the French press of its recent

Looking Back

South Africa’s Dubious Liberation

Dec 15 2013

The unctuous pseudo-grief in the West after Nelson Mandela's death at the good age of 95 was to me nauseating in the extreme; it was


Notes of a Bibliomaniac

Dec 08 2013

I think I suffer from the only behavioral disorder that does not appear in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. This

Heart of Darkness

A Maoist Madeleine Moment

Dec 01 2013

I suppose everyone has his madeleine moment"€”that experience, sensory or otherwise, that awakens in him a long train of memories. Actually, the longer one lives


Park Hill Estate, Sheffield, England

Some to Misery Are Born

Nov 24 2013

Every night and every morn Some to misery are born, Every morn and every night Some are born to sweet delight. The first couplet of


None Dare Call it Prostitution

Nov 16 2013

Reading recently a monograph about the lives of heroin addicts in preparation for an article about addiction I had been commissioned to write, I came

Cultural Caviar

I Have Seen the Future, and it Is Idiocy

Nov 10 2013

Yesterday morning, as I was sitting in the flat on Paris that I have rented for a time quietly finishing my latest book, Murderers I

Cultural Caviar

Television Is an Evil

Nov 03 2013

Most people read to confirm their prejudices rather than to learn something new or change their minds. Moreover, they recall what confirms their opinions much


The Folly of Resentment

Oct 27 2013

There is one group of people whom it is morally permissible to hate, and of whom in these times of speech codes it is allowed


Edith Schiele, 1918

The Sketch Pad Near the Deathbed

Oct 19 2013

Whenever I listen to Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, I hear not just a song cycle of unsurpassed melancholy or even despair, but the


Protecting Everyone From Themselves

Oct 16 2013

Of recent years I have noticed something rather peculiar about hotels. Nowadays they treat their guests as if they were all potential suicides: that is


Net Worthlessness

Oct 06 2013

For about three years I have subscribed to two free Internet sites that offer investment advice. In a moment of madness or lack of self-knowledge,

Cultural Caviar

UNICEF’s Chemical Weapon

Sep 22 2013

Yesterday I was on a flight on an airline that claimed to be deeply anxious to preserve the environment, though not quite anxious enough, obviously,