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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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  • Bill de Blasio: The Empire State Gelding

    By Kyle | September 29, 2017

    Now available to non-subscribers is my profile of the 6’5″ dwarf who is the mayor of New York City.

    Topics: Politics | 5 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 »

    Make America Normal Again

    By Kyle | September 25, 2017

    Attacking the NFL may be good politics for Trump, but it’s annoying for the rest of us. I explain why.

    Topics: 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 »

    Hillary’s Book Has a Fake Title

    By Kyle | September 18, 2017

    It’s called “What Happened” but it only makes sense if you acknowledge the real title is “Why I Should Have Won.” More in a column.

    Topics: Politics | 4 Comments »

    My First Cover Story in National Review

    By Kyle | September 15, 2017


    Is a profile of Bill de Blasio, for NR subscribers. The cover illustration will give you an idea of it.

    Topics: Politics | 2 Comments »

    Houston “Doesn’t Show America At Its Best”

    By Kyle | August 31, 2017

    A Slate columnist unintentionally illustrates the enduring leftist wish for disaster because it creates more opportunity for collective action. My take.

    Topics: Politics | 5 Comments »

    Team Hillary’s Latest Excuse: Trump Stood too Close

    By Kyle | August 29, 2017

    A columnist posits that it was a world-historical game changer when Hillary Clinton didn’t respond to Trump standing behind her at a debate. I call B.S. in a column.

    Topics: Politics | 5 Comments »

    And Now It’s Columbus Statues

    By Kyle | August 24, 2017

    Why stop at Confederate memorials? Now the Left is going after Columbus statues. A column.

    Topics: Politics | 6 Comments »

    Destroying Symbols: Where Does It End?

    By Kyle | August 17, 2017

    Inviting the Left to start tearing down statues is a mistake. It’s like saying, “Start a forest fire, we’ll figure out how to stop it later.” More in a column.

    Topics: Politics | 5 Comments »

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