The Best Stuff We Read This Week: 1/15/16

Playboy‘Heroes,’ Heavenly Bodies and David Bowie's Untouchable Brilliance, by Bomani Jones

(Link is SFW, by the way.)

I was never a big David Bowie guy--he was a little before my time. Still, his death seemed like a bigger deal than most celebrity deaths. 

The New York TimesFor Some Atlanta Hawks, a Revved-Up Game of Uno Is Diversion No. 1, by Scott Cacciola

The Atlanta Hawks are apparently obsessed with their turbo-charged version of Uno:

"Schroder is responsible for the cards, stashing them in his designer backpack. 'Dennis takes real good care of the deck,' Bazemore said."

ComplexIs Deontay Wilder The Next Face of American Boxing?, by Adam Caparell

Alabama's Deontay Wilder fights a bum this weekend, but it's just another step in the process of grooming the next American heavyweight knockout king.

“I remember one point in time, 12 years old, I looked up in the sky crying because I just beat a kid up. Lord, I do not want to fight,”

Sports on Earth: Tide's Title: Elite Home Alabama, by Will Leitch

Speaking of Alabama, this is a great recap of Nick Saban's fifth national championship.

The New York Times - BitsThe Zappos Exodus Continues After a Radical Management Experiment, by David Gelles

An update on the bizarre, hierarchy-free work environment at that one website from which you've probably purchased shoes. Spoiler alert: it's not going super well.

VultureTheir Next Round, by Rembert Browne

I'm a maniac for having yet to see Creed. This profile of Michael B. Jordan (actor) and Ryan Coogler (director) further convinced me of that fact.

Gizmodo: Everything That's Wrong With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Charlie Jane Anders

An extremely reasonable critique of some of Star Wars' lacking areas.

"Part of the problem with Maz is that she’s the film’s Yoda, but she’s also the film’s Lando Calrissian. She’s both the wise teacher who is on the side of good and the morally gray, neutral rogue who doesn’t want to pick a side. I guess. She’s a few archetypes cobbled together, but none of them actually sticks."

The New York Times: Bernie Sanders Has Killer Mike in His Corner, by Jonah Bromwich

Run the Bern. Bern the Jewels. Idk there are only so many combinations here.

National Sun Times: Jim Harbaugh to sleep over at top kicking prospect's house, by Will Hager

No chance I was leaving out the article that gave us this gem of a quote:

"'Under the exact rules, he’s going to be at my house at 12:01 he said. That’s when it’s legal for him to be at my house,' Nordin said. 'He said we can watch a movie, see how well we gel and he said he would sleep over after that.

'I was in tears laughing when he said that. He said the next day, if my parents didn’t want me to miss school, he would go to every class with me and go to lunch with me. I was laughing so hard.'"

Slideshows!

Wired: Sweeping Views of Dubai's Ski Lodge and Man-Made Islands, by Laura Mallonee

"Dubai" has been an instant-click for me for about seven years.

Atlas ObscuraPhotos of Japan's Abandoned Amusement Parks, in All Their Ghostly Glory, by Annika Burgess |ES|

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