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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  • David Bowie’s Last Five Years

    By kyle | January 7, 2018

    Who was he really? It turned out he was as nostalgic as the rest of us toward the end, as an HBO documentary makes clear. More here.

    Topics: Music | 3 Comments »

    Remembering John Lennon

    By kyle | December 7, 2017

    I didn’t much appreciate him when he was alive, but I well remember the weeks after his death. More in a column.

    Topics: Music | No Comments »

    Jann Wenner: the Hip Capitalist

    By kyle | November 10, 2017

    In National Review’s print edition: a look at the long, sordid history of Rolling Stone and its founder Jann Wenner.

    Topics: Music | No Comments »

    Tom Petty: American Boy

    By kyle | October 6, 2017

    My tribute to the late Tom Petty, gone far too soon.

    Topics: Music | 3 Comments »

    So Long, Steely Dan

    By kyle | September 6, 2017

    Donald Fagen says he will continue to tour with something called “The Steely Dan band” but with the departure of Walter Becker, the partnership is dissolved. My tribute to Becker is up.

    Topics: Music | 1 Comment »

    Mick Jagger Takes on Brexit

    By kyle | August 21, 2017

    And I wish he wouldn’t. Jagger has two new political songs, and both of them are being shredded. More in a column.

    Topics: Music | 2 Comments »

    Why Everyone Hates Katy Perry

    By kyle | June 27, 2017

    Left and right agree: Woke Katy Perry is a bad look. More in a column.

    Topics: Music | 5 Comments »

    Prog Rock Was Awful and Awesome

    By kyle | June 20, 2017

    A salute to the bands that did 10-minute keyboard solos in the 1970s.

    Topics: Music | No Comments »

    Sgt. Pepper Wasn’t the Best Beatles Album of 1967

    By kyle | June 6, 2017

    Where is the love for “Magical Mystery Tour”? It’s at least as great as Sgt. Pepper. More here.

    Topics: Music | No Comments »

    You May Be Wrong About Billy Joel: He’s Great

    By kyle | April 28, 2017

    In a column, I take a look at Billy Joel haters: Why does it bother them so much that the man sells out Madison Square Garden?

    Topics: Music | 3 Comments »

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