Adrian Grenier turns 33 today. Jessica Simpson is turning 29. City comptroller (and mayoral wannabe) William Thompson is turning 56. Former mayor David Dinkins is turning 82. Times film critic A.O. Scott is 43. Showtime chief Matt Blank is turning 59. Author and marketing guru Seth Godin is 49. Writer Alice Munro is 78. Actress Sofia Vergara is 37. Eunice Kennedy Shriver is turning 88. The Office's Phyllis Smith is 58. Socialite Lisa Anastos is 41. Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan is turning 52. And Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys is 55. Weekend birthdays below!
The angelic, all-natural rapper Lil' Kim turns 33 today. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri is 41. Gossip Girl's Connor Paolo, aka Eric van der Woodsen, is 18. Reviled union chief Roger Toussaint is 52. Literary critic Harold Bloom is 78. Interior designer John Barman is 59. And former deputy mayor—and now Bloomberg LP president—Dan Doctoroff will be 50 today.
I started to put a moratorium on the anti-San Francisco posts, as maybe the joke's getting old and there are so many other cities left to bash, but then I realized that bashing San Francisco never gets old. It's one of those timeless things that will still be funny twenty years from now. Even city officials are getting into it these days. A reader notes, "This morning I was covering an event at the Harvard Club with Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff. As he was explaining why NYC is the place to establish your business, he pointed out another reason why NYC is better than SF. 'New York City actually has more college graduates that San Francisco has people. Not that we're competitive or anything.'"