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We’ve got a new column – The Gimme 5! For those of you looking to dish on local dirt, this is your jam. Every week we'll tell you what's being talked about around the Bold Italic coffee chemex (our version of a water cooler). Here's what's up this week:
Anderson Cooper came out. Ok, this isn't SF news per se, but you know the Castro had a party the day that Anderson decided to finally admit the bloody obvious fact that we all knew – the man likes men. (He is practically besties with Kathy Griffin, after all.) Gawker ran a great piece on the history of Anderson's open secret.
On his personal Twitter account, former Children of God cult member and former Girls frontman Christopher Owens "quit the band.” Luckily, we got to see Girls live before the band went kaput. But we wonder – how could he walk out on his beautiful lady back-up singers? Hearing their gospel choir goodness made us want to die and go to heaven. Oh, well. At least we've still got Girls the TV show.
Foie gras has been officially banned in California, and foodies are up in arms. Eater reports that Chris Cosentino of Incanto is thinking about using a foie gras corkage fee to get around the new law, and over 100 chefs have signed a petition urging the state to repeal the ban. We’re personally hoping that this whole thing brings back the speakeasy. More super-secret underground dinners? Yes, please.
We had a major WTF moment this week when we learned from SFist that Mayor Ed Lee is considering implementing a Stop-and-Frisk policy, which is now used in New York and Los Angeles. Basically cops would be able to stop people on the streets and frisk them for weapons, as a preventative measure to stop shootings. It’s hard to imagine such a scenario wouldn’t lead to racial profiling. Remember Fajita-gate, guys?
In a twist of irony, we all took a moment out of our crazy schedules to post the New York Times editorial, The ‘Busy’ Trap, on our Facebook timelines. The author claims “Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.” Warning: Reading this will make you want to quit your job and become a yoga teacher.