King Kong and Red Carpet Fashion: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Highlights from seven days of reading about entertainment

The Scarred Skyline
Keith Phipps | The Dissolve
"When Kong gazes at Manhattan in the Dino De Laurentiis-produced 1976 remake of King Kong, he latches onto the image of the World Trade Center’s twin towers, illuminated on the evening of his New York rampage by a full moon."

It's Not Sexist to Ask About Clothes on the Red Carpet
Maureen O'Connor | The Cut
"The Oscars red carpet is the Oscars of gowns. It’s an hour-long theatrical production about style, and it just happens to share its cast with the nominees and presenters of the Academy Awards."

Waitin' on Sage: On the Road and in the Dirt with Sage Kimzey, the 20-year-old King of Rodeo
Abe Streep | California Sunday Magazine
"It’s buuuuuuuuuuuullllll riding time!"

Moneyball II: Charles Barkley, the Sports Media, and the Second Statistical War
Bryan Curtis | Grantland
"This clash doesn’t pit a blogger versus a newspaperman in a debate over the value of PER. It pits media versus athletes in a battle over who gets to tell the story of basketball."

Inside Sour Patch Kids' Brooklyn Crash Pad for Indie Bands
Carrie Battan | Vulture
"As spiritually dissonant as it may still seem for a band beloved for its rowdy, drunken clamor to be, almost literally, in bed with one of America’s leading gummy-candy brands, agreeing to stay here isn’t exactly making a deal with the devil."

GamerGate’s Archvillain Is Really A Trolling Sketch Comedian
Joseph Bernstein | Buzzfeed
"'I started it as a joke, but it’s become far too real and I wish I could take it all back.'"

Mean Girl
Kelefa Sanneh | The New Yorker
"Why the world's best female fighter loves to be hated."

The Rise of the Reactress
Gabrielle Moss | Slate
"This problem isn’t Sienna-specific."