Category Archives: Discussions

Second Opinion: The Blog

Monday Books has created a new blog for Second Opinion where they will, gradually over time, publish the entire contents of the book. Obviously, they hope readers will be enticed enough to buy it.

And why not? Dalrymple’s long-running column in Spectator magazine, which forms the basis of the book, featured what has to be some of the wittiest, most profound and most entertaining short pieces ever written. These are distilled versions of his provocative encounters with his patients and are equally enjoyable by the serious student of human nature or the mindless voyeur.

Appearance on BBC Radio 4

Dan Collins of Monday Books, publisher of Theodore Dalrymple’s most recent books Not With a Bang But a Whimper and Second Opinion, has a post on the Monday Books blog regarding Dalrymple’s appearance Tuesday on BBC Radio 4 to discuss British approaches to treating mentally ill criminals. He links to a podcast of the segment. Dalrymple is outspoken as always.

Read it here

Oh yes… Dan has also sent us a recording of Dalrymple’s recent interview at the Dorset Literary Festival, which we hope to have online at some point, i.e. as soon as I can edit it and put it on the Speeches & Interviews page.

Symposium: Remembering the Dissident

Theodore Dalrymple has participated in another of Jamie Glazov’s online symposiums at, this time regarding the legacy of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Glazov assembled an impressive lineup, with Dalrymple being joined by Natan Sharansky, Richard Pipes, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa and others.

Read the symposium here

In August, Dalrymple wrote this in City Journal on the death of Solzhenitsyn.

Dalrymple as the modern Montaigne

Patrick Kurp, proprietor of the Anecdotal Evidence blog, has a very perceptive post today comparing Dalrymple to a description of Michel de Montaigne taken from Donald M. Frame’s Montaigne: A Biography. The similarities Mr. Kurp highlights in the work and character of the two men are striking, and his post is a must-read for any Dalrymple admirer.

Just for starters, Kurp quotes Frame on Montaigne:

“Montaigne’s central concern was always man and his life, why we behave as we do, how we should. Few men have been less metaphysical. His interest is in the here and now, not in the unknowable hereafter. A psychologist of curiosity and acumen, he is ultimately a moralist seeking to assess, as well as understand, his actions and those of others.” [page 148]

Read the full post here