Apologies for the recent hiatus

I am sorry that I haven’t posted any new Dalrymple pieces in the last couple of months. I have received several emails questioning whether Dalrymple is even writing any more, and I can assure you that he is writing as much as ever. I have had some challenges in my personal life that have made maintaining the blog difficult, and I feel the need to explain. In late January, my identical twin brother Clint, with whom I built and maintained this blog, passed away suddenly from a seizure disorder that began three years ago. His death has made life difficult for me, and I have not had the heart to continue posting. I plan to start up again soon, perhaps with one “catch up” entry that lists all of the pieces I’ve missed. We were lax enough in keeping up with Dalrymple and posting all of his pieces when it was the two of us, and I’m not sure I can do it alone. Therefore, if anyone would like to assist me in maintaining the blog, I would welcome the help. You can contact me by commenting on this post or by emailing me at webmaster@skepticaldoctor.com.

 

Clint took great meaning and enjoyment from Dalrymple’s work and worldview, and in helping to promote them. The opportunities we have had to get to know Dalrymple personally have been a real thrill, as have the opportunities to meet and communicate with so many of his readers. I want to thank you all for having helped to make my brother’s life a better one.

 

Clint Conatser 1971-2018

Rest in Peace

 

26 thoughts on “Apologies for the recent hiatus

  1. Wheeler Frost

    Wow. I am so sorry for your loss. Both of you have been a part of my life for a long time now, and I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. I love the writings of Anthony Daniels/Theodore Dalrymple, and I have always thought it so special that you two gave him this incredible blog showcasing his varied writings. Meeting Dr Daniels very briefly at a gathering in NYC and having him tell me to call him “Tony” made me feel like the Spanish man who came all the way to Rome just to catch a glimpse of the famous Livy. Your blog has been such a great resource for me over the years that words cannot express my gratitude and now sorrow. Perhaps some of us can help you by each taking a publication that he frequently publishes in and being responsible for updating accordingly. For example, I would be happy to take the new criterion, city journal, Taki’s mag or any other.

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  2. Jose Rosario

    Condolences mate. Cheers to Clint and his brother! You both have invested in a good cultivating enterprise. Not just a mere propounder of ideas is Mr. Dalrymple. Your work has helped to plant a good many seeds that in maybe not a few people, has helped some of the Pinnochios in the shop at least start to want to be real boys and girls. Well done.

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  3. John birch

    Very sorry to hear this news, my very best wishes to you in what must be an incredibly difficult time for you.
    John Birch.

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  4. Dan

    I am very sorry to hear that, Steve. As a father of identical twin girls I have an inkling as to what you are suffering. You can be proud of your brother’s role in the ongoing fight against lies and wickedness and in his and your dissemination of the work of the OST elegant prose writer in the English language.

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  5. Dave Scylla

    My condolences for the loss of your brother Clint.
    Until i read your piece above, i had no idea it was to some degree also my loss.
    Please take care of yourself, Steve.
    Thamkyou
    -Dave Scylla..regular reader (Adelaide, Australia)

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  6. John Jones

    Sorry to hear that Steve. My brother (also a Steve) is my twin,so I would feel the same without him,as you must be feeling now.
    You are truly doing great work and I thank you and your brother Clint for all the time and effort you’ve put in to bring us the work of the wonderful Theodore Dalrymple.
    I would like to help you,but I’m not very savvy with computers and social media,which I’m assuming you’s have to be to do what you do.

    Kind regards

    John J

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  7. Louise Radanovich

    Steve, I’m so very sorry to learn the reason for your absence. The Good Doctor has pieces in other online publications, but I have always enjoyed your format best. Please accept my deep sympathy.

    Sincerely,

    Louise R.

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  8. Tyler Young

    I extend my sympathies to you over the loss of your brother. I can’t imagine what a difficult loss this must be for you, but for whatever small consolation it might provide, I want you to know that the work that your brother and you have done with this site has blessed me and many others. For that, I am grateful to both of you.

    Sincerely,
    Tyler Young

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  9. Feyi

    My sincere sympathies on the loss of your brother. I pray he finds eternal rest. I have enjoyed the work of both of you in aggregating Dalrymple’s work here

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  10. Matt

    Condolences on your loss. Thanks to you and your late brother on your efforts. This blog is truly one of the few indispensable gems on the internet.

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  11. Norman

    My deepest sympathies for your loss.

    Regular reader, extremely grateful for all you have contributed to spreading interest and articulacy.

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  12. Andrew S

    Steve, I’m very sorry about this news. My condolences. Thanks for deciding to continue with this blog. It’s interesting that you’ve had the chance to meet TD in person. Andrew

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  13. W.J. Nicolai Hewett

    Very sorry to hear this, I was wondering about the hiatus but never suspected such a tragic reason for it.
    I hope the continuation of this blog will be a source of strength to you in the time to come, if not then just leave it for a while, some things are more important…

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  14. Melinda

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss Steve. Losing an identical twin must be the hardest loss anyone can experience. Thank you for this blog and take your time getting back to it, looking after yourself is most important right now.

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  15. Brian

    Very sorry to hear this news, Steve. I exchanged some emails with Clint back around the time you organized the event in NY and it was clear that he was a great guy, I regret not having had the chance to meet him in person. I hope you’re able to take some comfort in resuming the activities you and Clint enjoyed together, including the good work done on this site. Stay strong buddy.

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  16. Andrew Nelson

    My sincere condolences for your loss, from a constant Dalrymple reader. I too hope you can continue to keep this blog going. It’s been one of my most visited websites for years.

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  17. Russell Taylor

    Shocking news, Steve. So sorry. I feared there was something bad behind the recent hiatus, but had hoped I was wrong. The work you and Clint have done on this site is magnificent. Anything that brings the work of Dalrymple to as many people as possible is to be praised. I’ve followed his writing for many years and it is more important right now than ever. Keep it going.

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  18. Gayle Yee

    I am very sorry for the loss of your brother. I have been a regular follower of your blog, and have missed you in your time of sorrow.

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  19. E. Derksen

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. Please continue this blog…Dalrymple’s voice needs to be heard!
    Regular reader.

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