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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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  • Lunacy at Northwestern

    By kyle | June 3, 2016

    Faculty and grad students managed to quash an administrative appointment of a retired Army general — for being too pro-American. A column.

    Topics: Campus | 1 Comment »

    ROTC Back at Yale

    By kyle | May 6, 2011

    No more 5 am car trips to UCONN for Yale’s tiny contingent of ROTC cadets. Yale board approves restoration of ROTC unit to campus. Congrats.

    Topics: Campus | No Comments »

    Use of “Sissies” Banned at Yale

    By kyle | December 29, 2009

    Routine anti-Harvard taunt or thinly veiled anti-gay slur? Yale is throwing a hissy fit over the use of the word “sissies.” What about “wimp” and “wussy,” though? Let’s be proactive and ban those too.

    Topics: Campus, Politics | 1 Comment »

    Stalking Emma Watson

    By kyle | October 1, 2009

    Harmless fanboy tweeting or scary stalking? You make the call about what happened when Brown student Emma “Hermione” Watson went to Harvard to watch a football game. Certainly, if you happen to be a stalker, technology has down all your dirty work for you. On the other hand, do we really want to prevent kids from sending each other texts and tweets that deal with the locations of celebrities? When I was at Yale, I remember it was spectacularly uncool to take too much notice of the celebrities among us (who included Jennifer Beals, who was a year ahead of me, and, later, one of the girls from a then-popular TV sitcom called “Kate and Allie.”) I guess that’s changed.

    Topics: Campus, Movies | 4 Comments »

    Review: “Post Grad”

    By kyle | August 21, 2009

    Gilmore Girl emeritus Alexis Bledel in “Post Grad,” a mild comedy about starting out in life. My review is up.

    Topics: Campus, Comedy, Movies | No Comments »

    HBO: The Gayest Network

    By kyle | July 27, 2009

    No surprise there. But what’s the gayest Ivy League college? Yale, apparently. So says the Yale Alumni Magazine.

    Topics: Campus, TV | No Comments »

    Henry Louis Gates Arrested!

    By kyle | July 20, 2009

    For trying to enter his own home and being excessively uppity er, “tumultuous.” I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more about this story: An acclaimed 58-year-old black academic says he was arrested solely because he is black.

    UPDATE: The more details emerge, the more it becomes clear that Gates was arrested for yelling at police. Why do police have the right to arrest people for (perhaps justifiably) shouting? They claim he was “alarming” passersby. Can they produce these allegedly upset individuals? Too many cops think the badge is a right to push people around. This charge will obviously be tossed but in addition to that the police owe Gates an apology. There has to be some price to be paid by police for overzealousness.

    UPDATE 2: Jonah Goldberg has a thoughtful post on conservative reaction to Skip Gates’ arrest–says it’s evenly divided. (7:52 am on July 21.) Like Goldberg, I’m inclined to give cops wide deference to exercise their judgment. But “wide” and “unlimited” are not the same thing. I see no reason in this case to believe the cops acted reasonably. When they far overstep their authority, they need to be corrected.

    UPDATE 3: Charges dropped! Non-apology apology issued by CPD. Not good enough! Of course this incident reflects badly on the Cambridge Ceystone Cops.

    Topics: Campus, Politics | 25 Comments »

    Obama Too Inexperienced for Honorary Degree

    By kyle | April 10, 2009

    Hee, hee. Arizona State University rejected the president for its honors list, ruling that it can only award someone for “an achievement of eminence.” Being more popular than members of a party that was in power during an economic meltdown? Not actually that much of an achievement. (Via Instapundit.)

    Topics: Barack Obama, Campus, Politics | No Comments »

    Yale Turned Me Conservative!

    By kyle | December 16, 2008

    So says this writer, at I know how you feel, pal.

    Topics: Campus, Politics | 2 Comments »

    Abortions for Credit: the Yale Saga

    By kyle | April 27, 2008

    A woman at Yale claims she has repeatedly inseminated herself and aborted the results for the purpose of creating an art project that will make us all question our heteronormative values. Yale says she’s lying. Does it matter who is telling the truth, though? More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: Art, Campus, Politics | 10 Comments »

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