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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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  • Volt=Edsel?

    By kyle | January 6, 2012

    No, it’s worse. At least taxpayers weren’t on the hook for the Edsel. The Volt, an expensive toy electric car for greeniacs, actors and assorted poseurs, has been recalled. I guess there won’t be any campaign commercials about how wonderful electric cars are going to end our dependence on foreign oil.

    Topics: Business | 3 Comments »

    Least Surprising Headline of the Day

    By kyle | August 14, 2011

    Narcissists rise to the top because people mistake their confidence and authority for leadership qualities.

    From this study. I was kind of amazed by how this worked in the Army — he who had the most bluster seemed to earn the most respect and those who considered before acting were penalized specifically for doing so. But I later discovered that Army notions of Leadership are exactly how things work in major corporations and politics too. It’s all about playing the part. How else to explain the fact that the executive suites run rampant with handsome, loud-voiced 6′ 2″ men? They look like leaders.

    Topics: Business, Politics | 4 Comments »

    The Nissan Leaf: The New Edsel

    By kyle | April 3, 2011

    In my Sunday column, a look at the details behind the coal-powered, short-ranging, high-cost, heavily-subsidized Nissan Leaf and how it symbolizes the folly of the administration’s energy policy.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Business | 3 Comments »

    Agita Eagerly Awaited

    By kyle | May 19, 2010

    The movie biz takes yet another crack at explaining the great Wall Street mishegoss of 2008 with Charles Ferguson’s upcoming fall release “Inside Job,” which my colleague Lou has seen at Cannes and which he says is a far better indictment than Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” and which he promises will “give conservatives agita.” Agita? I can’t wait to see it! A movie that will take down capitalism? Give it your best shot, Chas. The film, says Lou,

    definitvely lays out how decades of deregulation and unbridled greed led to the global economic collapse.

    Greed, huh? As I’ve explained earlier, greed doesn’t actually exist but it would be fine if it did. Ferguson, you may remember, was showered with honors for making “No End in Sight,” perhaps the most spectacularly misnamed movie in history as it came out in the summer of 2007 — the exact historical moment when the end to the Iraq chaos came into view due to the, shall we say, farsightedness of the Bush surge — which was a brisk rebuke to the myopia of liberals who had long since declared the war both lost and unwinnable.

    Topics: Business, Economics, Movies, Politics | 1 Comment »

    Monopoly the Movie

    By kyle | April 26, 2010

    Via Big Hollywood, Director Ridley Scott promises the Hasbro-branded big-screen adaptation of “Monopoly” will be “a nightmare of greed….a blood bath….a comedy.” Eh? It sounds like a tough assignment, making a movie out of a game in order to sell more games. By the way, I was a genius at Monopoly: The secret is, buy everything! Even if you have to hock your previously-bought properties. You soon find yourself awash in cash and easily afford to repay your debts. For some reason I have never applied this principle to my real life, in which I have never borrowed any amount of money for any reason at any time, unless you count credit-card debt.

    Topics: Business, Movies, Politics | 7 Comments »

    VAT Chance

    By kyle | April 25, 2010

    Matt Welch has a superb op-ed in today’s Post about how, as American bureaucrats muse about instituting a Value-Added Tax and other Europhile measures, Europe inches back toward less government centralization.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Business, Economics, Politics | No Comments »

    NYT Health Care Blogger Sits on Health Boards

    By kyle | April 16, 2010

    You have to love the NYT Picker, the unofficial New York Times watchdog site. Today they expose how a key Times writer on health-care issues earns more than $500,000 a year from the industry and holds more than $5 million in stock. He even sits on health-company boards.

    Topics: Business, New York City, Newspapers | 1 Comment »

    Harvard Hottie Inspired Michael Lewis Book

    By kyle | April 9, 2010

    Speaking of cha-ching meets hubba-hubba, check out this Wall Street Journal story (that ran last month) about a lovely Harvard grad turned Wall Streeter and the thesis that helped inspired Michael Lewis’s book “The Big Short.” Methinks she is going to be all over the media.

    Topics: Books, Business | 2 Comments »

    Hot Girls Still Love Wall Street

    By kyle | April 9, 2010

    Love this Wall Street Journal blog post. Color me less than shocked: New York’s comelies are still very interested in banker types. I also love the euphemisms involved: not “Women interested in selling beauty to highest bidders” but “Fashion meets finance.” Fashionable is code for beautiful; finance = rich. The girls involved will, of course, complain about how boring these guys are to their gay best friends. Then years will pass and they’ll note with alarm that the guys show no inclination to “commit.” A few of them will score large houses in the Hamptons, though.

    Topics: Business | No Comments »

    “Iron Man 2” Poised to Best “The Dark Knight”?

    By kyle | April 7, 2010

    So argues the LA Times movie blog. Seems like “Iron Man 2” will probably be on more screens because there aren’t going to be that many April hits and theater owners will gladly sweep away minor films for “IM2.” On the other hand, the kids were out of school for “TDK.” But kiddie ticket prices are lower. Plus, “IM2” has higher unemployment in its factor. Will jobless adults take a break from their cares and line up to see Tony Stark? It’s gotta be cheaper than spending two hours in a bar. I tend to think “Iron Man” was a bit overrated — but then, so was “The Dark Knight.” They’re both very fine.

    Topics: Business, Movies | 6 Comments »

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