Magazine June 1, 2021, Issue

Road-tripping through the Robot Apocalypse in The Mitchells vs. the Machines

A scene from The Mitchells vs. the Machines (Sony Pictures Animation)

This week I was attaching my kids’ bikes to the rack that hangs precariously from our minivan’s posterior, contemplating our summer vacation plans, and it suddenly hit me: This will be the year we have to put a cargo carrier on the roof.

With that thought, scenes from long ago came back to me: a groaning carrier tied down like a dead stag atop our aged Volvo station wagon, the back end of which would be stuffed with bags and bedding arranged to permit the now-illegal stowage of me or my sister, propped up with some thick fantasy novel for company,

This article appears as “Robot Apocalypse” in the June 1, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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