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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

Buy Love Monkey for $4! "Hilarious"--Maslin, NY Times. "Exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy"--S.F. Chronicle. "Loud and brash, a helluva lot of fun"--Entertainment Weekly. "Engaging romp, laugh-out-loud funny"-CNN. "Shrewd, self-deprecating, oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds"--NPR

Buy A Christmas Caroline for $10! "for those who prefer their sentimentality seasoned with a dash of cynical wit. A quick, enjoyable read...straight out of Devil Wears Prada"--The Wall Street Journal

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    By kyle | March 18, 2010

    1 vs. 16 Usually Lopsided in NCAA Tourney.

    Topics: Newspapers, Sports | 3 Comments »

    Cliche Watch: “Formal Rigor”

    By kyle | March 18, 2010

    Over at the Post’s movie blog, to which I intend to contribute daily and which also posts the musings of my talented colleagues who cover film, I offer a thought on the new fave cliche of film critics: “formal rigor.” It generally means, “You, the viewer, are in for a mighty slog of it.”

    Topics: Movies, Newspapers | No Comments »

    Film Critic Flame Wars!

    By kyle | March 17, 2010

    It’s Armond White of New York Press vs. Jim Hoberman of The Village Voice over Noah Baumbach, Baumbach’s mother (and Hoberman’s “buddy,” according to White, former Village Voice film critic Georgia Brown) and the movie “Greenberg.” Pull up a chair, Armond has a lot on his mind. Hoberman responds in a much shorter post here.

    Topics: Movies, New York City, Newspapers | 2 Comments »

    New NFL Doc Attacks Gene Upshaw

    By kyle | November 3, 2009

    “Blood Equity,” a documentary (trailer here) about the post-football lives of athletes such as Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame center Mike Webster, whose life fell apart and ended in a nightmare due, possibly, to brain trauma suffered on the field, looks like a full-on attack on NFL players’ union chief Gene Upshaw, an ex-lineman himself.

    The film, by ex-Super Bowl-winning linebacker Roman Phifer, uses interviews with ex-jocks like Mike Ditka and Moose Johnston (who uses the word “outrage” to refer to the players’ attitudes toward Upshaw, for not doing enough for the wounded ex-warriors) make it clear that Upshaw is under fire. No one is talking about illegalizing football but everyone wants some relief. The New York Times has been leading the way for a couple of years and now Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker is on the case too: Football people want aid for those who left an important part of themselves back on the field. The owners, ultimately, are going to be on the hook. The movie is coming Nov. 20 in theaters, Dec. 1 on DVD.

    Topics: Business, Magazines, Movies, Newspapers, Sports | 2 Comments »

    Lede of the Day

    By kyle | October 5, 2009

    The Web can be a mean-spirited place. But when it comes to online reviews, the Internet is a village where the books are strong, YouTube clips are good-looking and the dog food is above average.

    –Geoffrey A. Fowler and Joseph De Avila, in a Wall Street Journal article that points out that most Web critics tend to fawn over their subjects.

    Topics: Blogs, Newspapers | 1 Comment »

    Tom Brokaw’s World Explodes

    By kyle | September 15, 2009

    Jeffrey Lord of The American Spectator makes a devastating case that takes apart the Tom Brokaw idea that you shouldn’t trust information that comes from the Internet unless it carries a brand such as NBC’s. In fact, NBC and the rest of the top media brands have a long history of slanting news and ignoring inconvenient facts. Thanks to reader KS for pointing this out.

    Topics: Blogs, News, Newspapers, Politics | 2 Comments »

    Van Jones and the New York Times

    By kyle | September 13, 2009

    In my Sunday column, I wonder why the New York Times couldn’t squeeze in a mention of Comrade Van Jones until the story was over.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Newspapers, Politics | 4 Comments »

    Oliver Stone, L.A. Times, Hugo Chavez in Steamy Love Triangle

    By kyle | September 9, 2009

    Whew! Is it getting warm in here or is the blood just rushing to my head after reading in Big Hollywood about this mad three-way romp between the sheets? First there is the romantic embrace of Oliver Stone for Hugo Chavez — about whom Stone has just made another of his dictator-loving documentaries. Then, what should happen but, like a sexy delivery girl showing up on the doorstep of the frisky lovers in the porn movie, the L.A. Times jumps into the act?

    Topics: Movies, Newspapers, Politics | 3 Comments »

    Facebook: Not Dead Yet

    By kyle | August 31, 2009

    Apparently yet another I-talked-to-my-friends article in the New York Times just ran (this is why I don’t read the paper much), this time about the alleged “Facebook exodus.” Apparently one of the Times’ reporters assembled an entire story from anecdotes she gathered from half a dozen friends. The preceding sentence describes virtually every article that runs in the Style section — and that’s the only section anybody reads. This blogger points out that this exodus looks an awful lot like a massive influx.

    Topics: Blogs, Newspapers | 2 Comments »

    “All News Sites Will Charge for Content”

    By kyle | August 11, 2009

    News Corporation, owner of the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News Channel and many other great platforms in journalism, confirmed a rumor that it will no longer give away its news. High time, too. Expect all the other major news organizations to quickly follow (and to avoid giving credit). As David Simon once pointed out, for 30 years people paid nothing for TV. Now they willingly pay $75 a month for it.

    Topics: News, Newspapers | 28 Comments »

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