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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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    More on Lena Dunham’s “Girls”

    By kyle | April 10, 2012

    As I said before, I hugely enjoyed the first three episodes of HBO’s “Girls,” which stars and is being run and directed by twentysomething Lena Dunham, whose debut film “Tiny Furniture” I loved a couple of years ago. I don’t think the show is particularly groundbreaking — it’s basically “Sex and the City” in the age of saggy Obamanomics. (And we do have to credit SATC for combining sex and smut in a fresh way. It really was a revolutionary show, and a very funny one, particularly in the first couple of seasons before it started to get a bit soapy.)

    But “Girls” is endearing and sharply written and has a genuineness about it, even if the intentionally off-putting sex scenes . . . put me off. More on the show’s development in The Post.

    A contrarian view: a young colleague at The Post argues the show is annoying because the girls think ordinary non-glamorous work (like waitressing) is beneath them and are living off their rich daddies. The background of the actresses is much along these lines: the Beautiful One is Brian Williams’ daughter, while The Sweet One is David Mamet’s.

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