Anathem By Neal Stephenson; out now What ever happened to the great novel of ideas? It has morphed into science fiction, and Stephenson is its foremost practitioner. Here he imagines a postapocalyptic world where cloistered monks keep the secrets of mathematics safe from the fallen civilization around them. A-
The Women Written and directed by Diane English; rated PG-13; out now There's not even one male in this update of a Clare Boothe Luce play. But the men aren't missed, what with all the dames who surround Meg Ryan's Mary Haines, the doing-it-all mom whose spouse is doing someone...