About Me

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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  • Bill de Blasio’s Pre-K Fantasy

    By kyle | April 27, 2017

    Pre-pre-K for three-year-olds isn’t going to change outcomes much for New York City kids — and will cost $1.1 billion. Why doesn’t de Blasio work on making the existing education system better serve the kids? More in a column.

    Topics: New York City | 8 Comments »

    Anthony Weiner Pops Out Again

    By kyle | August 30, 2016

    In a column, I try to figure out why New York, and Huma Adedin, couldn’t forgive Weiner. This time he sexted while his toddler son lay in bed next to him.

    Topics: New York City | 1 Comment »

    De Blasio and the Tale of Two Cities

    By kyle | June 12, 2016

    We are a divided city all right. Divided by De Blasio. More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: New York City | 3 Comments »

    Dem Admit: We Make Government Irritating

    By kyle | May 9, 2016

    The latest annoyance of the de Blasio era is a 5-cent surcharge on every plastic (and paper) bag you use at the checkout. A leading sponsor of the bill admits the purpose of the bill is to irritate us. More in a Sunday column.

    Topics: New York City | 11 Comments »

    Public Schools Against Success

    By kyle | February 29, 2016

    My Sunday column combines a bunch of my favorite topics, such as the way The New York Times lulls its readers and the brilliance of the charter-school network Success Academy.

    Topics: New York City | 3 Comments »

    Olive Garden Is Right to Charge $400 for Dinner

    By kyle | December 30, 2015

    Today in department of the obvious: certain goods are worth more at times of peak demand. More in a column.

    Topics: New York City | 3 Comments »

    The Albany Double Feature

    By kyle | November 19, 2015

    It’s a two-fer in lower Manhattan as former State Sen. Majority Leader Dean Skelos is getting tried across the street from a similar trial of his former colleague Sheldon Silver. Why it’s a lot like a mob trial.

    Topics: New York City | No Comments »

    More Silver Lies

    By kyle | November 18, 2015

    The latest on the Sheldon Silver corruption case: His childhood friend and partner suggested a lawyer for the firm that was unwittingly paying off Silver lie about it.

    Topics: New York City | 1 Comment »

    Grow Up, Bill de Blasio

    By kyle | September 4, 2015

    The Mayor of our city was widely mocked after he took a poke at the Post yesterday. Our response in a column.

    Topics: New York City | 3 Comments »

    Grow Up, Kidults

    By kyle | July 16, 2015

    How we became a nation of toddlers, and why the Bald Eagle should be replaced with a Teletubby. A column.

    Topics: New York City | 5 Comments »

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