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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  • Sigmund Fraud

    By kyle | December 19, 2017

    A horrible human being, a liar, a plagiarist, a misogynist, a peddler of junk science. Sigmund Freud was an odious man. My column.

    Topics: Books | No Comments »

    Mob Rule in the Book World

    By kyle | October 19, 2017

    Watching the Left consume itself is always amusing. This time it was a Muslim woman of color whose review of a book about Muslim internment camps landed her publication in hot water. More here.

    Topics: Books | 4 Comments »

    Fact-Checking Hillary’s New Book

    By kyle | September 27, 2017

    She told a bunch of whoppers in her new memoir, “What Happened.” I won’t let her get away with it. More here.

    Topics: Books, Politics | No Comments »

    Black Critics vs. Ta-Nehisi Coates

    By kyle | September 24, 2017

    Reading black intellectuals on Coates, you will quickly see they have a completely different take than self-flagellating white liberals. More in an essay.

    Topics: Books, Politics | No Comments »

    Al Franken: Still Not Funny

    By kyle | August 9, 2017

    A look at Al Franken’s woeful Senate memoir confirms it: After all these years, he still isn’t funny. More here.

    Topics: Books | 4 Comments »

    My First Week at National Review

    By kyle | April 14, 2017

    I started at National Review on Monday, April 10, and spent the entire day getting hooked up with software systems. Then I leaped into action with….

    a look at liberal fascism in Dave Eggers’ novel “The Circle,” the movie version of which stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson and is coming in two weeks…..

    an appreciation of Paul McCartney’s great 1989 album, “Flowers in the Dirt” on the occasion of its reissue….

    a review of “The Lost City of Z,” a weird attempt to graft multicultural sensitivity concerns onto cannibalism…

    an explanation why Netflix’s “The Crown” is a glorious defense of Burkina conservatism,

    Topics: Books, Movies, Music, TV | 15 Comments »

    What If Pretentiousness Were a Good Thing?

    By kyle | August 15, 2016

    The case for pretension as a way we learn to be better people, in a Sunday column.

    Topics: Books | 2 Comments »

    Why “White Trash” Voters Love Trump

    By kyle | August 1, 2016

    A look at hillbilly culture and how it aligns perfectly with Trump’s message. A double Sunday column.

    Topics: Books | No Comments »

    Don’t Apologize, Gay Talese

    By kyle | April 7, 2016

    The eminent journalist has exactly zero to apologize for. More in a column.

    Topics: Books | 2 Comments »

    Top Bush Diplomat Speaks Out About Iraq

    By kyle | March 21, 2016

    In a new memoir, “The Envoy,” Bush’s ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq speaks out about how much we should blame Bush — and Obama — for what happened. More in a Sunday column.

    Topics: Books | 6 Comments »

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