Links for December 22, 2016

“Westworld,” Race, and the Western

In staging its robot uprising against the backdrop of a Western-themed amusement park, “Westworld” might appear to follow DuBois’s lead: the park’s oppressed come to consciousness of their condition and become empowered to change it. Yet, despite the bloody triumph of the hosts’ season-ending rebellion, it’s hard not to notice that they are all left still playing out their assigned scripts.


How NBA Stars Took Discriminatory Dress Code And Used It For Good

Responses around the league varied. Iverson, among the top targets of the rule, bought only the loosest fitting suits he could find, stating his comfort was paramount. Others, like Dwyane Wade, went all out — he got a stylist and found himself on the cover of GQ in October 2006. The most fascinating response was the rise of what many have called “nerd chic,” most famously sported by Russell Westbrook but seen from other black superstars like Wade, Amar’e Stoudamire, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and LeBron James. Characterized by large black-rimmed glasses, gingham and argyle patterns, bowties, and of course Durant’s inseparable, safety-strapped backpack from the 2011 playoffs.


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