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.

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Job Snobs

A respected journalist and writer of my acquaintance, now retired, always had an interesti...


The New Class

One of the most remarkable developments of recent years has been the legalization—dare I...

You're Fired!

Checked Out

In a supermarket in France recently, I noticed that the young woman at the till wore a bad...

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News or Chews?

Attentively watching the grass grow in the meadow in front of my house, which is my major ...


Under the Influence

My taste in films is strange, at least in the statistical sense. I don’t like romance, I...

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At Face Value

I noticed a very pretty girl sitting not far from me on a bus ride of about 45 minutes las...

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About Face

“There is no art,” says King Duncan in Macbeth, “to find the mind’s construction i...
Johnny Depp


Johnny on the Spot

No doubt it is evidence of my dissociation from much of modern life, but until the recent ...

Home Front

Less Than Adequate

One of the confusions of the age is the conflation of what is desirable with what is a rig...


Sense on the Dollar

Error, says the psychologist James Reason in his book devoted to this theme, is a large su...

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Epic Proportions

A friend of mine is kind enough to send me little signs of the times that he finds scatter...


No News Is Bad News

The Russian writer V.G. Korolenko (a kind of sub-Chekhov) once wrote that Man is made for ...

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Over Sharing

I wish I loved the Human Race; I wish I loved its silly face; I wish I liked the way it ta...

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Good Grief

It is not often that the title of an article in the Guardian newspaper makes me ...

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