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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Geneva Airport

Skip the Ads

Dec 16 2017

By their adverts shall ye know them; such, at any rate, is my supposition whenever I arrive at any airport. It did not surprise me

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Quiet Please

Dec 09 2017

One of the most denied of all human rights is that to silence. I do not mean by this the right to remain silent when

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Fight Makes Right

Dec 02 2017

Last week, I spoke at a writers’ festival and there was a demonstration against the following speaker who was known for her sulfurous views. The


Jug Jargon

Nov 25 2017

One of the pleasures of working as a prison doctor was to learn the language of prison. It was often colorful and expressive, and it


Lord of the Flies

Nov 18 2017

I returned recently to my house in France for a brief break. The weather was of the best—a cloudless sunny sky, warm and dry. It

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The Sock Fairy: A Complicated Relationship

Nov 11 2017

Life is full of irritations, major and minor. One of the minor irritations is the activity of the Sock Fairy, the sprite who seems to

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Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris known as Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier: Liar, Cheat, Thief, and Plagiarist

Nov 04 2017

Some time ago, I was asked to review a vast biography of Bertolt Brecht, the German playwright and poet, by an admirer of his work.


The Way of Che

Oct 28 2017

The Irish Post Office has issued a stamp to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Ernesto Guevara. This is, presumably, because he was

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The Matter of the Meat

Oct 21 2017

I arrived at my house in France recently to find the roses eaten by deer and a drystone wall damaged by wild boar in their


A Tourist at Muharram

Oct 14 2017

There is nothing so odd, bizarre, and sometimes disgusting as other people’s customs. To adapt and paraphrase Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady with regard

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An Air-Conditioned Life

Oct 07 2017

It is a strange life, and none stranger than in the Gulf—the Persian Gulf, I mean, not that of Mexico, or even that of Carpentaria—where

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Giffard Hotel, Worcester

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Sep 30 2017

Recently I made reference to the criticism Simon Leys made of a book by Maria-Antonietta Macchiocchi. He said that the most charitable interpretation that could


Pierre Ryckmans aka Simon Leys.

The Price of Idiocy

Sep 23 2017

When I was asked to name the contemporary writer whom I most admired, I used without hesitation to say—until he died in 2014—Pierre Ryckmans, better


Suit Your Selfie

Sep 16 2017

Mail-order catalogs (except of antiquarian books) are not my favorite reading, and yet we can learn something from them, even from those that hold no

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The Case for Loafers

Sep 09 2017

No doubt it is a sign of advancing age, and also of retirement, that these days I always take a siesta. This increases my productivity


Rule Reversal

Sep 02 2017

Recently two Parisian taxi drivers of African origin have told me that they wished to return to Africa, and had concrete plans actually to do


Death or Discomfort?

Aug 26 2017

Freud said that dreams were the royal road to the unconscious—provided, of course, that the traffic was directed by him. His work has always seemed

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The Grand Illusion

Aug 19 2017

My best books are the ones I haven’t written. They are not yet even in the larval stage, but I know them to be profound

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The Pain Principle

Aug 12 2017

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it might be, my own personal travails, but at least I

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The Pain Principle

Aug 05 2017

I hesitate, in this vale of tears, to bring before the public, however small it might be, my own personal travails, but at least I


Let Every Taboo Fall

Aug 05 2017

I can never quite make up my mind whether politics is important or unimportant to me. I have only to read the latest headline to


British Parliament and Big Ben, London

The Appeal of Inherited Power

Jul 29 2017

Mr. McDonnell, deputy leader of the British Labour Party, which for the time being is in opposition, recently objected to the presence of hereditary peers


Samuel Johnson by Joshua Reynolds

The Good Doctor

Jul 22 2017

Not many people, I imagine, still read Dr. Johnson for pleasure or instruction, though he was once the favorite reading of the educated in the

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Everyday Snowflakes

Jul 15 2017

A young man of my acquaintance recently ended his intimate relationship with a girl that had lasted some years, and announced the fact to the

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Glastonbury Campsite

Pray for Rain

Jul 08 2017

In my salad days as vulgarity correspondent"€”that is to say, a reporter on the disgusting ways in which young British people so often chose to

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Jul 01 2017

I have long admired taxi drivers. They are often well-informed and have a clear-eyed view of human nature that is neither cynical nor sentimental. In