Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we’ve read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:
Bonus: This article is about a pencil. Stay with me. It’s about a very special pencil: The Blackwing 602. The original Blackwing was a favorite among artists and writers until it was discontinued in 1998. It’s been reissued recently, and I’ve been using the the Blackwings since I was first given one as a gift. It’s a really nice pencil. Using one is like developing perfect pitch: Anything subpar just feels off. And if this doesn’t seem interesting to you, read it anyway. There’s a Mad Men reference. Read Why Is Hollywood Obsessed With This Pencil?
Rick Howlett: College football season begins soon, as Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel looks at emergence of Louisville Cardinals coach Charlie Strong as a nationally recognized coach. Read Charlie Strong, Tom Jurich and Louisville’s Rise to Prominence.
Joseph Lord: Here’s a What We’re Reading within a What We’re Reading. This is the official result for the horse race that led to W.C. Heinz’s classic sports story Death of a Racehorse, which is about, uh, the death of a racehorse. Read Heinz’s column and then consider how much the statistical version leaves out of story. Read Here’s the Race Result from Death of a Racehorse.