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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  • “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 »

    How CBS Covers for Obama

    By Kyle | October 27, 2014

    Sharyl Attkisson’s blockbuster new book “Stonewalled” reveals how CBS brass steered her away from doing stories damaging to the Obama administration during the last few weeks of the 2012 campaign, and is full of juicy tidbits such as the demand by one supervisor that conservative analysts be referred to as conservative analysts, whereas liberal analysts were simply “analysts.” More in my Sunday column. And do read the book.

    UPDATE: My colleague Bruce Golding has a followup today about Attkisson’s discovery that a government entity had bugged her computer.

    Topics: Books | 8 Comments »

    Dilbert Creator’s Secrets of Success

    By Kyle | October 26, 2014

    Scott Adams has a surprisingly interesting book out about what he learned on the way to becoming extremely rich. “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big” is the subject of my bonus Sunday column.

    Topics: Books | 2 Comments »

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