Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we’ve read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:
Gabe Bullard: This is the tenth year of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the backlash is in full swing. What else would you expect for a drink with its own hashtag? With all the race and class implications involved in the pro-and-con pumpkin spice debate, this piece from the Awl on how the pumpkin got to be so popular in the first place may be the only thing you read all fall that’s neutral on the great gourd. Read How Did Pumpkin Become Beloved? Labor, Nostalgia, Refreshment And White Women.
Bonus: And if you like reading about lattes as much as you like drinking them, check out this Quartz story on the history of the PSL. Read The Untold History of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Rick Howlett: Sports Illustrated’s George Dohrmann looks into the decline of once-proud football program at Grambling State University in Louisiana, where players staged a revolt this week. Read The Inside Story of What Caused Grambling Football Players to Revolt.
Joseph Lord: As the father of young children, I’m always thinking of how they can become successful, thoughtful adults. (You know, so I’ll end up in one of the nicer nursing homes someday.) Author Joanne Lipman has an answer: music. In this New York Times commentary, Lipman explores the relationship between music study and personal success. I’m sold. Read Is Music the Key to Success?