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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Bad Form

Aug 18 2018

A distinguished former colleague of mine—all my former colleagues are distinguished, ex officio so to speak—received an e-mail from someone in the administration who called

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The Fraudulent Fräulein (and Friend of Freud)

Aug 11 2018

From time to time I would meet the late Professor Michael Shepherd for a drink. He was a most distinguished researcher in the psychiatric field,

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Beyond Translation

Aug 04 2018

The key to a successful career in any modern bureaucracy, it seems to me, is the mastery of and willingness to use a certain kind


Milking the System

Jul 28 2018

Last week I was invited by internet to sign a petition asking the British prime minister, Mrs. May, not to snatch free milk from the


Remembrance of Vulgarities Past

Jul 21 2018

We flatter ourselves that our lives are as continuous and coherent as a film, and that we can display any part of it on our


Cobbe portrait of William Shakespeare

All the World on Stage

Jul 14 2018

Henceforth, apparently, the major theaters of Dublin are, as a matter of principle, to commission at least half their new plays from women. At least


Turgenev by Repin

A Measure of Greatness

Jul 07 2018

This year is the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx, and on the whole the commentary that it has evoked has obeyed the injunction


Street-Corner Semantics

Jun 30 2018

The cover of this week’s British Medical Journal is emblazoned with the words “Sex workers risk prosecution under UK law if they carry more than


Notes From a Messy Study

Jun 23 2018

The ambition of a friend of my wife’s is to die with her house tidy. I have a similar ambition in respect of my study.


A Narrow View of Things

Jun 16 2018

Intellectuals are often shortsighted, failing to see what is before their very nose. Their object is to obscure the obvious and to make complex the


Obit Snit

Jun 09 2018

We are enjoined to say nothing ill of the dead—the recently dead, that is, guidance being somewhat less clear as to when denigration of the

Crime and Punishment

All in a Day’s Leave

Jun 02 2018

When it comes to murder, I am not a utilitarian; that is to say, I am against it even when the victim is an undesirable

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Bertrand Cantat

From the Cell to the Stage

May 26 2018

Concerts by a singer called Bertrand Cantat in Paris were canceled recently because the organizers said they could not guarantee the maintenance of public order

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Jot This Down

May 19 2018

In Chekhov’s The Seagull, there is a character called Trigorin. He is a writer (a good writer, he thinks his epitaph will say, but not


The Bureaucrat’s Point of View

May 12 2018

This is a story with a happy ending. I was driving through France with my wife when suddenly the thought occurred to me that I


Kendrick Lamar

The Profane Is Now Profound

May 05 2018

When Eliza Doolittle said “Not bloody likely” at the first performance in 1913 of Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, she created a sensation. Never before had


Tears of a Tyrant

Apr 28 2018

I think it was Jean Améry who said that once you have been tortured you remain tortured. I do not mean to claim any kind

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Hugo Chavez

Revolutionary Thinking

Apr 21 2018

There is compulsory entertainment almost everywhere these days, even in public lavatories. It shadows you like a secret policeman. I would dislike this even if


Ungenuine Article

Apr 14 2018

Race is a subject about which we all feel slightly nervous these days, because whatever attitude you take to it, someone will call you a

Crime and Punishment

Trial by Fury

Apr 07 2018

Everyone knows, or thinks he knows, the dangers of nationalism and its practical corollary, the nation-state. The dangers are foreign wars of conquest, xenophobia, irredentism,


An Uncivil Society

Mar 31 2018

Whatever else may be said about Marxism, it provided (for those who needed it) an eschatological philosophy in a post-religious world. It served more than

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Lies and Literature

Mar 24 2018

The first writer of supposedly classic status whom I ever read was W.W. Jacobs. He is not accorded that status now, and indeed is very


Murder, He Wrote

Mar 17 2018

There have long been complaints about crime—the quality of it, I mean, not the quantity. It seems so sordid and ordinary these days by comparison

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A Question of Quackery

Mar 10 2018

One cannot blame anyone for having failed to do the impossible, but the fact is, roughly speaking, the science (or study) of psychology has added


Singing Penguins, Half Moon Island

Singing for Sanity

Mar 03 2018

I have too much respect for music to sing myself, as my voice is such that it makes the average crow sound like Fischer-Dieskau. It


Off Guard

Feb 24 2018

I would make a very bad bodyguard—not that it has ever been my ambition to be one. I would be useless not merely because I