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.

PC World

Odd Jobs

When I read that the United Arab Emirate’s Minister of Tolerance had been accused of sex...


Bar Talk

Everyone knows what to do about the COVID epidemic—except, of course, those who happen t...


Pandemics Past

During my recent period of quarantine in England, I was surrounded in my study by piles of...


The Two Eisgrubers

It is difficult enough for people to say what they mean, but it is even more difficult, at...

All About Me

Guilt Complex

The selfie is perhaps the defining cultural artifact of our time. Me and the Mona Lisa, Me...
The Luxembourg Gardens, Felix Vallotton

Looking Back

Life BC

Now that academics have abandoned BC (Before Christ) for BCE (Before the Common Era), thou...

Deep Thoughts

A Tangled Web

Between a hollyhock and a lavender in my garden is suspended a spider’s web. There is a ...

Deep Thoughts

A Cruel Nature

Most people, I suppose, would be pleased by the death of a rat that lived near their house...

Deep Thoughts

The New Religion

A friend of my wife’s wants to tidy her house before she dies. As she has not done so fo...


Beyond Reparations

There is no proposal so foolish that it has no advocates, or sometimes even its fanatics. ...


Hard Head, Soft Heart

Walking through Paris yesterday, I saw the following slogan daubed on a wall: Coronavirus:...
Chestnut trees


Bees With Degrees

This year, as last, bees—tens of thousands of them—made their home between a window in...

Looking Back

1968 Again

I have never been quite able to make up my mind whether there is no new thing under the su...

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