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.

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...

All About Me

Full Bore

I used to think that the walls of my flat in Paris were solid enough to be soundproof; unt...


Eyesores Galore

Compared with the slum dwellers of São Paulo who erect their own shacks in a day or two, ...

Vile Bodies

Poor Tourists

Interviewed recently about COVID-19, a subject on which I am now, like only 1,500,000,000 ...
Anthony van Dyck


Paper Chase

Someone—having reached the age of forgetfulness, I forget who—said to me a few weeks a...

All About Me

Off the Rails

I have long thought that if it were not for complaint, we should have very little to talk ...

Vile Bodies

In a Fashion

Is changing one’s mind a sign of strength or of weakness? It depends on the circumstance...

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