5 Lunchtime Links: Children’s book author Beverly Cleary turns 100

In this April 19, 1998 photo, Beverly Cleary signs books at the Monterey Bay Book Festival in Monterey, Calif. Even as she turns 100, the feisty and witty author, Cleary remembers the Oregon childhood that inspired the likes of characters Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins in the children's books that sold millions and enthralled generations of youngsters. (Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald via AP)

In this April 19, 1998 photo, Beverly Cleary signs books at the Monterey Bay Book Festival in Monterey, Calif. Even as she turns 100, the feisty and witty author, Cleary remembers the Oregon childhood that inspired the likes of characters Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins in the children’s books that sold millions and enthralled generations of youngsters. (Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald via AP)

1. Children’s book author Beverly Cleary turns 100.

We don’t doubt that even at 100 years old author Beverly Cleary could accurately encapsulate the struggles and joys of being about 90 years younger. The author of children’s classics like “Henry Huggins,” “Ramona Quimby, Age 8” and “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” turns 100 today and encouraged the Washington Post to “Go ahead and fuss. Everyone else is.” Cleary published more than 30 books which sold more than 85 million copies. Cleary said she first began writing for children because the books of her own childhood annoyed her in that “children always learned to be better children, and in my experience, they didn’t.”

2. The stars at night are big and bright for Beach House at ACL Live.

What does Beach House’s lead singer Victoria Legrand love most about Texas? “The (expletive) skies,” she told the ACL Live at Moody Theater crowd Monday night, Austin360’s Eric Webb reports. For the performance Legrand donned the “most sorcerous NFL jersey of all time,” and swayed in front of an awe-inspiring “starry night backdrop.” The theme of the entire show proved to be “Shimmer, danger and wonder” complete with accompaniment by band mate Alex Scally’s guitar which served as “either a night terror or the flash of lightning that wakes you up.”

3. MAC releases teaser photo of Selena-inspired makeup line.

Queen of Tejano Selena will join Caitlyn Jenner, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj when MAC releases a makeup collection inspired by the singer in October, the American-Statesman’s Maribel Molina reports. MAC recently released a preview of one of the products — a berry-colored lipstick fashioned after Selena’s signature pout. MAC worked with Selena’s sister Suzette in designing the lipstick, called “Como La Flor,” and entire collection. The line became reality after nearly 40,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding MAC design products inspired by the Texas singer.

4. Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

Today is a day fully devoted to celebrating grilled cheese sandwiches! A cause we can all get behind (apologies, lactose intolerants). You have your excuse — now go make a grilled cheese. May we suggest taking some crazy cheese risks and buttering both sides of the bread. Enjoy yourself, but don’t get too crazy.

5. Why did the 1970s leave such a strong imprint on Austin culture?

What about Austin cemented the counterculture of the 1970s? Theories include the city’s youth during the decade — Austin’s identity was not yet fully formed at the time — and a burgeoning economy that drew young people seeking job opportunities. You can read all about how the Austin we now know today was sculpted nearly 50 years ago here.

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