Joan Didion in Golden Gate Park, Apri 1976. (Photograph by Ted Streshinsky / Corbis, via The New Yorker)

Joan Didion Doc Debuts on Netflix, SFist Shutters + More Topics to Discuss Over Brunch


A handful of Bay Area stories you may have missed this week.

On her 50th birthday, actress Julia Roberts scored herself a Jumpsuit at the Valencia Street shop Voyager.(via Yelp)

The Most Revealing Moment in the New Joan Didion Documentary, The New Yorker

About a third of the way through "The Center Will Not Hold," Griffin Dunne's intimate, affectionate, and partial portrait of his aunt Joan Didion, which premières on Netflix this week, a riveting moment occurs. Dunne, an actor, producer, and director—and the son of Didion's brother-in-law, the late Dominick Dunne—is questioning Didion about "Slouching Towards Bethlehem," her essay describing the hippie scene of Haight-Ashbury in 1967. Read more.

Julia Roberts goes on Mission District shopping spree for 50th birthday, SFGate

Braced for the brisk weekend weather in a headscarf and boots, the actress visited a stretch of stores on Valencia Street between 14th and 15th streets. Read more.

San Francisco Tops Our List of America's Coolest Cities, Forbes

San Francisco may be an almost perfect embodiment of coolness today, but how cool can a city be if it becomes inaccessible to all but people in an upper income bracket? Read more.

Billionaire Owner Shuts Down DNAinfo, Gothamist Sites A Week After Workers Unionize, NPR

Just a week ago, the employees at local news websites DNAinfo and Gothamist in New York voted to unionize. Thursday evening, the publications' billionaire owner, Joe Ricketts, announced that he was shutting them down. So long, SFist. You'll be missed. Read more.

Daughter seeks millions from Esprit co-founder Douglas Tompkins' will, SF Chronicle

Billionaire Douglas Tompkins, the North Face and Esprit co-founder who died in a kayaking accident in Chile in December 2015, didn't leave a dime to either of his two daughters or his five grandchildren in the Bay Area — and now his will is being hotly contested in courts in the U.S. and South America... "It's sad, but there is nothing we can do," his daughter Summer Tompkins Walker, who runs a home furnishings business and is active on the city's social scene, told us shortly after her father's death... Nonetheless, in June 2016, she sued in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeking a share of her father's assets. Read more.

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