5 Lunchtime Links: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Between the World and Me’ wins National Book Award and more

Ta-Nehisi Coates, the national correspondent for The Atlantic, in Baltimore, July 16, 2015. (Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times) -
Ta-Nehisi Coates, the national correspondent for The Atlantic, in Baltimore, July 16, 2015. (Gabriella Demczuk)

1. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” wins National Book Award for nonfiction.

During his National Book Award acceptance speech, Ta-Nehisi Coates dedicated the honor to his friend Prince Jones who was shot and killed by police 15 years ago when they wrongfully mistook him for a criminal. Coates’ book “Between the World and Me” discusses this incident and those like it that Coates says keep happening “over and over and over again.” Coates was awarded $10,000 along with the award.

2. Carly Simon reveals who “You’re So Vain” is about.

We’ve spent years wondering and all Carly Simon’s managed to do is confirm one rumor and strike up a host of others. The 70-year-old singer confirmed that her famous song “You’re So Vain” is in fact about Warren Beatty — or one verse at least. Simon said the second verse of her song is about the actor, but the other verses reference two other men, whom she vows to never reveal. Simon added that of course, Beatty “thinks the whole thing is about him!”

3. SXSW puts limited amount of wristbands on sale early.

South by Southwest was clearly looking to stir up sheer panic when it announced today that a limited number of festival wristbands would be available for $169 until sold out. The sale started at 10 a.m. this morning and is set to last two days or until wristbands are sold out. Usually wristbands aren’t available to buy until after the new year. SXSW has announced several hundred of expected performers in the last couple of months.

4. Girl featured in Sia’s “Alive” video hopes to go to the Olympics.

She’s 9 years old, most likely stronger and swifter than you and unbearably cute. People were curious to know who the small karate whiz featured in Sia’s “Alive” video was after it premiered earlier this month. The answer is three-time Japan karate champion, Mahiro Takano. Is this Sia’s new muse? Watch out Maddie Ziegler — she can certainly pack a punch.

5. Uber will deliver puppies in Austin tomorrow.

Do you need an excuse to pet a puppy? Because if the excuse is you don’t have one Uber is setting out to change that — in 15 minute increments for a $30 fee. Uber is again offering puppy delivery to work spaces in the downtown Austin area tomorrow.


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