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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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  • Beware Facebook

    By kyle | March 1, 2010

    College admissions offices, employers and divorce lawyers are now using social-networking sites against you. How afraid should you be? More in my other Sunday column.

    Topics: Blogs, Business, Tech | No Comments »

    The Hottest Political Book Since “Primary Colors”?

    By kyle | January 10, 2010

    John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime” is full of juicy stuff about the ego of John Edwards, the idiocy of Harry Reid for saying Obama “has no Negro dialect, unless he wants one” and the arrogance of Bill Clinton for saying, “A few years ago this guy (Obama) would have been getting us coffee.”

    Topics: Barack Obama, Blogs, Books, Politics | 3 Comments »

    Andrew Breitbart Still Embiggening

    By kyle | January 6, 2010

    Now the one-man media whirlwind has launched Big Journalism to nestle beside Big Government and Big Hollywood. All hail Breitbart. Everyone who taps a keyboard for a living will be working for him pretty soon.

    Topics: Blogs | 9 Comments »

    You Mean Capitalism Has a Future?

    By kyle | January 6, 2010

    A new-ish blog edited by Ira Stoll, Future of Capitalism, is full of sensible thoughts and useful correctives (including a neat little jab at the New York Times for bemoaning H & M’s practice of ruining clothes before throwing them away).

    Topics: Blogs, Business, Economics | No Comments »

    “Sherlock Holmes”: “A Great Movie”

    By kyle | January 5, 2010

    So says blogger Anwyn in a lengthy takedown of my Sherlock Holmes review. As a friend of hers puts it, “People don’t seem to realize Sherlock Holmes was a badass.” Sigh. I suppose that is what the current moviegoing population wishes were true. Must we filter every bit of popular literature through the wow-seeking now? I’ll take the Basil Rathbone movies any day.

    Topics: Blogs, Books, Movies | 8 Comments »

    The FluffPo

    By kyle | December 13, 2009

    Liberals gone wild! In my Sunday column, a look at the left’s favorite tabloid — the Huffington Post.

    Topics: Blogs | 2 Comments »

    Huffington Post Death Watch?

    By kyle | October 16, 2009

    This guy makes the case that it is burning $1 mil a month and has only a year left before its piggy bank is empty.

    Topics: Blogs, Politics | 1 Comment »

    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 »

    Dreams from My Ghostwriter

    By kyle | September 25, 2009

    It’s too perfect, yet it seems to be true: Bill Ayers ghostwrote Barack Obama’s “Dreams from My Father.” A pro-Obama book by Christopher Andersen (a “glowing” portrait of a “rock-solid marriage,” said USA Today) has surprising details. I like the way a source casually reveals, of Ayers and Obama, “Everyone knew they were friends.” Of course they were. Which is why Sarah Palin’s dig about Obama’s “palling around with terrorists” — the plural, by the way, might easily refer additionally to Ayers’ terrorist wife — was entirely accurate.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Blogs, Books, Politics | 6 Comments »

    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 »

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