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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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  • Spineless Vs. Brainless

    By kyle | August 28, 2011

    Perry thinks Romney has no backbone and Romney thinks Perry is not that bright. They’re both right! And all we need is the Tin Man for this magical journey to Oz! I remind you: No one has ever accused Rudy Giuliani of lacking either courage or brains.

    Topics: Mitt Romney, Politics, Rudy Giuliani | 6 Comments »

    “The World Will Soon Be a Better Place”

    By kyle | September 4, 2008

    The reviews of Palin’s speech have been gushing, even from moderate liberals. It tallied 37 million viewers, just behind Obama’s speech, which had 38 million. Campbell Brown on CNN praised it, said she felt a strong emotional pull. Because Giuliani was interrupted so many times by applause and standing ovations (about ten, I think), his keynote speech ran long and the RNC didn’t have a chance to show the standard heartwarming introductory video for Sarah Palin. Here it is. They should show it tonight and wheel her out again to have her introduce John McCain.

    Welcome to the Palindome.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Politics, Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Palin | 8 Comments »


    By kyle | September 3, 2008

    Just got back from the convention hall, where I was able to score a seat in the rafters. As I’ve said before, the convention was a snooze at best last night, but Republicans got their groove back tonight. Huckabee was very nice, Giuliani was awesome and Palin was, if anything, awesomer. The Post’s headline tomorrow: “KNOCK OUT.” I don’t see how anyone can disagree. She was as good as Obama, and Obama is, by all accounts, one of the best there’s ever been.

    Topics: Barack Obama, John McCain, Politics, Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Palin | 46 Comments »

    The Democrats, Night One: Whiff

    By kyle | August 26, 2008

    I was going to write about the convention last night (instead, I wound up going to a double feature of two upcoming fall films, “Appaloosa” and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) but didn’t. My impression: you get four shots to sock the pinata, Monday through Thursday, and last night was a clear miss.

    The only two things that will remain in anyone’s memory are a) Ted Kennedy carrying on despite terminal illness, which may be brave and uplifting but has nothing to do with whether we should vote for Obama; and b) Sasha Obama ordering off the political menu and cutting up a la Rudy Giuliani’s kid during his 1994 inauguration as the finest leader this city has ever had.

    People like cute kids (if I may indulge in a stereotype I daresay women voters especially like the idea of having small children in the White House). Read the rest of this entry »

    Topics: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Politics, Rudy Giuliani, TV | 3 Comments »