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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  • 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 »

    The Hillary Clinton Children’s Book

    By kyle | February 1, 2016

    …and what it tells us about the failing cult of Hillary. A column.

    Topics: Books | 4 Comments »

    “The Silo Effect”

    By kyle | September 14, 2015

    How compartmentalization affects organizations, and how to defeat it. More in a Sunday column about Gillian Tett’s new book.

    Topics: Books | 1 Comment »

    On Prison Reform

    By kyle | September 8, 2015

    In my Sunday column, I take a look at the case of a Missouri state senator who went to jail for crimes stemming from mailing a postcard. Madness.

    Topics: Books | 16 Comments »

    F*ck Feelings

    By kyle | August 24, 2015

    A psychiatrist advises you to f*ck self esteem, f*ck fairness and f*ck feelings. The way forward is to realize that life is never going to be perfect. My Sunday column.

    Topics: Books | 2 Comments »

    Chicken Littles vs. Reality

    By kyle | August 17, 2015

    In my Sunday column, a look at “The End of Doom,” in which Ronald Bailey takes apart various forms of doom-mongering.

    Topics: Books | 3 Comments »

    Don’t Get Mad, Get Happy

    By kyle | July 20, 2015

    Conservatives need to master the art of speaking with our hearts, notes Arthur C. Brooks in a new book. More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: Books | 6 Comments »

    Addiction Is Not a Disease

    By kyle | July 13, 2015

    And treating it as such does alcoholics and drug addicts no favors. More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: Books | 1 Comment »

    African-American Sniper

    By kyle | January 18, 2015

    In my Sunday column, a look at Army Ranger Nicholas Irving and his more than 30 confirmed kills.

    Topics: Books | 1 Comment »

    Lies, Damned Lies and ObamaCare

    By kyle | November 17, 2014

    Why ObamaCare is the mother of all lies — in my Sunday column.

    Topics: Books | 6 Comments »

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