The Guardian reviews Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.” A wonderful book, a sort of postapocalyptic Hemingway with more accessible emotion and less machismo.
The New Yorker reviews the new Bond movie, “Casino Royale.” I loved Bond when I was a kid, and even though I generally avoid movies now I look forward to seeing this one. Yes, even though there are fewer gadgets. I loved the gadgets when I was a kid. I spent hours designing supercars that could fly and had smoke screens and rockets. Hell, I spent hours designing rocket boosters for my three-speed bicycle. The gadgets were the best part of the old ones, but I hear that this one substitutes acting and character development or something. Whatever.