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Anthony Daniels

Anthony Daniels's most recent book is In Praise of Prejudice (Encounter Books). He was born in 1949. After qualifying as a doctor, he worked in what was then Rhodesia, followed by South Africa, before returning for three years training as a psychiatrist in London’s East End. Three and a half years in the Gilbert Islands were interspersed with some South American wandering, and then between 1984 and 1986 he worked in Tanzania. His first book, Coups and Cocaine, was followed by Fool or Physician, subtitled ‘the memoirs of a sceptical doctor.’ Zanzibar to Timbuktu, his trek across Africa by public transport was published to great acclaim in 1988, and was a runner-up in the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.


American justice (Reflections) , February 2016, 31
Revisiting Conversations with the Dead, by Danny Lyon, almost half a century after its original publication.

The Congo line (Art) , November 2015, 45
On “Beauté Congo 1926–2015” at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.

Coates contra mundum (Features) , October 2015, 4
A review of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Harper Lee’s loving-kindness (Features) , June 2015, 16
A few reflections on To Kill a Mockingbird in anticipation of Harper Lee's new book releases.

Tintern Abbey (Reflections) , April 2015, 40
Tintern Abbey has changed quite a bit from Wordsworth's day.

Barbarians among the ruins (Letter from Cheltenham) , March 2015, 26
On the sad state of the West English town.

France's "Submission" (Features) , February 2015, 4
A review of Michel Houellebecq's newest novel Soumission.

Compliance with untruth (Features) , January 2015, 31
Relentless regulation destroys the necessary conditions for free speech.

Bertolt Brecht’s Marie-Antoinettism (Features) , November 2014, 4
The German poet, playwright, and Marxist.

Not a leg to stand on (Notebook) , October 2014, 75
On the one-legged poets W. E. Henley and W. H. Davies.

Genetic disorder (Books) , May 2014, 66
A review of A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History by Nicholas Wade

The tragi-comedy of A. E. Housman (Notebook) , March 2014, 74

A book by its cover (Notebook) , February 2014, 77
On the pleasures and pains of judging the Hippocrates Prize in poetry.

The appreciative Auden (Books) , January 2014, 83
A review of What W. H. Auden Can Do for You (Writers on Writers) by Alexander McCall Smith

Grape vines & chrome bumpers (Features) , December 2013, 22
Contrasting an exhibition of El Labrador at the Prado and a hyperrealism show at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Walking in Lenin’s footsteps (Letter from Zurich) , November 2013, 29
What would Solzhenitsyn's Lenin have thought about modern Zurich?

The mighty men of Whitby (Letter from North Yorkshire) , September 2013, 34
A small town in North Yorkshire has turned out a surprising number of artists.

Yue Minjun's haunting laughter (Reconsiderations) , June 2013, 31
Chinese artist Yue Minjun speaks out about China’s problems in his paintings.

The French connection (Features) , February 2013, 22
On relations between the French intelligentsia and the Soviets.

Banal memories of fatwa (Books) , December 2012, 77
A review of Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie

The digital challenge, I: Loss & gain, or the fate of the book (Features) , November 2012, 4
The first entry in our series "The digital challenge." What does the future hold for printed books?

Gray's sterility (Letter from Dublin) , September 2012, 34
On Eileen Gray and her cold aesthetic.

And eating it, too (Books) , May 2012, 88
A review of Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion by Jean H. Baker

The murals of Diego Rivera (Art) , April 2012, 50
On “Diego Rivera: Mural for The Museum of Modern Art” at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

A grim & bleak beauty (Letter from Coventry) , March 2012, 34
On architecture and art in Coventry.

Future tense, VI: Under the scientific Bo Tree (Features) , February 2012, 4
On the meaning in material world.

Brutal blueprints (Letter from Brasilia) , October 2011, 34
On the architecture of Brasilia.

Points of View (Letter from Provence) , September 2011, 86
Reconsidering the power of photography.

Connoting without denoting (Notebook) , June 2011, 86
On a disheartening trip to the Whitworth Gallery of Art, Manchester.

Brown the brilliant (Features) , May 2011, 12
On the ex-PM's new memoir.

On the doorstep of Valhalla (Features) , March 2011, 11
Is it true that undisturbed on the dusty shelves of obscure bookshops lie poems of some merit?

Exhibition note (Art) , February 2011, 52
On "Felix Nussbaum 1904–1944” at Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme, Paris.

Britain, benign & proud (Features) , January 2011, 85
On public virtue in the Victorian era.

A taste for wormwood & gall (Features) , November 2010, 4
On the masochism of John Stuart Mill.

Dr. Jones's Hamlet complex (Features) , October 2010, 4
Should we psychoanalyze the Bard?

Sisyphus goes to school (Books) , September 2010, 61
A review of Bad Students, Not Bad Schools by Robert Weissberg

Flaubert's simple heart (Features) , June 2010, 15
On a master's lesson in true tolerance.

A shared wretchedness (Features) , May 2010, 10
On the Swift-Johnson dialectic.

Knight of the white elephant (Reconsiderations) , March 2010, 28
On the life & times of the great McGonagall.

Ayn Rand: engineer of souls (Features) , February 2010, 4
A critical account of the "Chernyshevsky of individualism."

Loose ends in Liverpool (Notebook) , December 2009, 77
Reflections from the Walker Art Gallery.

The costs of abstraction (Features) , November 2009, 19
On the intellectual irresponsibility of Soviet sympathizers.

The prophet of personal space (Features) , October 2009, 5
D. H. Lawrence reconsidered.

Always in the wrong place (Notebook) , June 2009, 85
On the relics of oppression.

Bollocks to vulgarity (Notebook) , May 2009, 75
On lowness that proclaims itself.

Cats may look at kings (Notebook) , April 2009, 76
On the cult of celebrity.

Boxing with Mailer (Notebook) , March 2009, 75
On the ignoble science of boxing's hangers-on.

Do we own our lives? (Features) , February 2009, 21
On the play, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?, by Brian Clark and the morality of patient autonomy.

Guarding the boundaries (Features) , January 2009, 9
On the moral consequences of relativism (from "The Dictatorship of Relativism.")

Exhibition note (Art) , November 2008, 46
On "Black Is Beautiful" at De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam.

Lessons of the long-distance runner (Features) , September 2008, 23
On the impact and errors of Alan Sillitoe's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

A tale of two countries (Letter from France) , June 2008, 34
On England, France, and Ruskinian delusions.

Ionesco & the limits of philosophy (Notebook) , May 2008, 91
On Le roi se meurt by Eugène Ionesco and the philosophy of Owen Flanagan.

The sound of silence (Books) , April 2008, 63
On Manifesto for Silence: Confronting the Politics and Culture of Noise by Stuart Sim.

At the forest's edge (Features) , March 2008, 16
On José Ortega y Gasset and Sigmund Freud.

Fear of regress (Books) , February 2008, 64
On La stratégie des antilopes by Jean Hatzfeld.

The false prophet (Reconsiderations) , December 2007, 35
On the false profundity of Kahlil Gibran.

Who shall ’scape whipping? (Features) , November 2007, 36
On Ted Honderich's strange thoughts on punishment.

The cure for Bernard Shaw (Features) , October 2007, 4
On the crank medical theories of George Bernard Shaw.

Another side of Paradise (Features) , September 2007, 12
On the questionable legacy of Jack Kerouac and "On the Road."

Diagnosing Lear (Features) , June 2007, 8
On discovering what ails Shakespeare's king.

Blood & smashed glass (Manners & morals) , May 2007, 33
On dystopian novels.

Hypocrite lecteur (Books) , April 2007, 84
On Pierre Bayard's Comment parler des livres que n'on la pas lus.

Revisiting "Catalonia" again: A reply (Letters) , April 2007, 96
A reply from Anthony Daniels.

Finding his way (Books) , March 2007, 69
On Nick Cohen's What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way.

Revisiting "Catalonia": A Reply (Letters) , March 2007, 80
A response from Anthony Daniels.

Orwell's “Catalonia” revisited (Features) , February 2007, 11
On reexamining George Orwell's classic tale of the Spanish Civil War.

Pound's depreciation (Features) , January 2007, 31
On whether Ezra Pound will stand the tests of time.

All bark, no bite (Books) , November 2006, 77
On "The Yage Letters Redux" by William S. Burroughs & Allen Ginsberg.

The higher destruction (Features) , October 2006, 4
A review of John Carey's "What Good Are The Arts?"

The enigmatic R. S. Thomas (Features) , May 2006, 16
On the Welsh poet.

Exhibition notes (Art) , September 2005, 67
On “Joshua Reynolds: The Creation of Celebrity” at Tate Modern, London, from May 26 to September 18, 2005 and “Frida Kahlo” at Tate Modern, London, from June 9 to October 9, 2005.

Mau Mau revisited (Features) , June 2005, 21
On Kenya’s significant but barely remembered Mau Mau rebellion.

Chekov & Tolstoy (Reconsiderations) , April 2005, 31
On two stories in which we “see encapsulated the tragic predicament of modern man.”

Pundits & panjandrums (Notebook) , March 2005, 77
How being a pundit stands in the way of spelling out proper distinctions in a clear and honest manner.

Butler's unhappy youth (Features) , January 2005, 11
On Samuel Butler’s autobiographical novel The Way of all Flesh.

Barbarity without vigor (Books) , December 2004, 71
A review of The Strange Death of Moral Britain, by Christie Davies.

The real Che (Features) , October 2004, 22
On the cult of Ernesto Che Guevara; irrational reflection “kept alive by a good dose of commercialism.”

Ulcers past & present (Features) , July 2004

The man who made Scouting (Features) , June 2004, 22
On Robert Baden-Powell and the founding of the Boy Scout movement.

Reflections on the black cap (Features) , March 2004, 27
On Scott Turow’s attempt to tackle the subject of capital punishment in his new book, Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty.

How good was Maugham? (Features) , February 2004, 19
On Jeffrey Meyers's new biography of this author whose “soul is a secret garden into which the elect may penetrate only after overcoming a number of perilous obstacles.”

Booker vs. Goncourt; or, when silence is a duty (Features) , January 2004, 24
Considering two literary prizes & the different ways in which they were undeserveded.

Carl Jung: the Madame Blavatsky of psychotherapy (Features) , November 2003, 23
Carl Jung was one of the great gurus of the twentieth centruy. Is he still worth reading?

History by other means (Uncategorized) , October 2003, 39
Reflections on how this peaceful country sowed the killing fields.

His father's son (Books) , September 2003, 65
A review of In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History, by Adam Bellow.

Up from communism (Features) , May 2003, 28
Reflections on growing up in a communist household.

I spy (Books) , April 2003, 84
A review of The Unsleeping Eye, by Robert J. Stove.

Ivan Illich, 1926-2002 (Notebook) , January 2003, 78

Dubai, Havana & choosing between evils (Features) , October 2002, 29
Book browsing in these unenlightened cities.

The Baroness Munchausen of sex (Books) , September 2002, 73
A review of The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet, translated by Adriana Hunter.

A contented mandarin (Books) , March 2002, 65
A review of Darwin’s Audubon: Science and the Liberal Imagination, by Gerald Weissmann.

Guerrillophilia & the sincerely frivolous (Features) , February 2002, 27
On Senior Service: A Story of Riches, Revolution & Violent Death, by Carlo Feltrinelli.

The felicific calculus of modern medicine (Features) , November 2001, 4
The third in a series titled “The survival of culture.”

Shorter notice (Books) , September 2001, 118
Anthony Daniels on The Politics of Sex and Other Essays: On Conservatism, Culture, and Imagination, by Robert Grant.

How to murder a Bolivian boy (Features) , June 2001, 31
Considering bioethics & Peter Singer upon the publication of Culture of Death: The assualt on Medical Ethics in America by Wesley J. Smith.

Frantz Fanon: the platonic form of human resentment (Features) , May 2001, 15
Upon the publication of Frantz Fanon: A Biography, by David Macey.

Morality for solipsists (Features) , February 2001, 19
Occasioned by PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness is Corrupting Medicine, by Sally Satel.

No idiocy like educated idiocy (Books) , January 2001, 67
A review of The Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot, by Plinio Alueyo Mendoza, Carlos Alberto Montaner, and Alvaro Vargas Llosa & In the Shadow of the Liberator: The Impact of Hugo Chavez on Venezuala and Latin America, by Richard Gott.

W. Somerset Maugham: the pleasures of a master (Features) , February 2000, 23

The perils of activism: Ken Saro-Wiwa (Features) , January 2000, 4

Literary victimhood (Features) , September 1999, 4
Regarding victimhood and its literary cachet

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