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    My First Week at National Review

    By kyle | April 14, 2017

    I started at National Review on Monday, April 10, and spent the entire day getting hooked up with software systems. Then I leaped into action with….

    a look at liberal fascism in Dave Eggers’ novel “The Circle,” the movie version of which stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson and is coming in two weeks…..

    an appreciation of Paul McCartney’s great 1989 album, “Flowers in the Dirt” on the occasion of its reissue….

    a review of “The Lost City of Z,” a weird attempt to graft multicultural sensitivity concerns onto cannibalism…

    an explanation why Netflix’s “The Crown” is a glorious defense of Burkina conservatism,

    Topics: Books, Movies, Music, TV | 15 Comments »

    15 Responses to “My First Week at National Review”

    1. Patrick Says:
      April 14th, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Good stuff, I added the Crown to my Netflix queue because of your review. I had the impression from the review of The Lost City of Z that NR is giving you more column space than the Post did. Is that so?

    2. Kyle Says:
      April 19th, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      well, that was for the Web site so it didn’t have to fit any particular space. Which is nice.

    3. K Says:
      April 15th, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Nice. Now, at last, “sealed train” references will be understood by your readership.

    4. Kyle Says:
      April 19th, 2017 at 5:35 pm


    5. Sherm Says:
      April 16th, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Best wishes. I trust you have a nice clean office with a view.

    6. JimmyC Says:
      April 16th, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      I’ll bet you anything the movie version of “The Circle” removes all of the book’s satire of progressivism, and makes it entirely about the evils of corporate conservatism. Having Tom Hanks’ evil CEO brag in the trailer that his new technology will defeat terrorism gives us a pretty good sign of where things are headed.

    7. Kyle Says:
      April 19th, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      I share your doubts. It’s hard to believe the book will make it to the screen unscathed/whitewashed.

    8. kishke Says:
      April 19th, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Excellent pieces. I enjoyed the Deepwater Horizon review as well.

    9. Kyle Says:
      April 19th, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      thank you!

    10. Jordy Says:
      April 19th, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      {{{kiske)(( kissing that ass

    11. kishke Says:
      April 20th, 2017 at 11:46 am

      For your ass, little Jordy, kicks. For the deserving, kisses.

    12. Plissken79 Says:
      April 22nd, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Kyle, your review of the Lost City of Z was as intellectually lazy and shallow, as well as profoundly misguided, as your “reviews” of films for the New York Post, National Review had one professional troll working for it, Armond White, now it has another. The search for a conservative who actually knows something about film criticism continues…..

    13. Obama bin Biden Says:
      April 24th, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Kate O’Beirne: RIP

    14. Jordy Says:
      April 24th, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      O-bern looked like a man was probably in dragg

    15. Jordy Says:
      April 24th, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      you make money off that deep waters bp mess {{{kiske}}}?