ALEXA, WHAT’S A PRENUP?
With an incomprehensible fortune of $137-billion, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie have everything money can buy: except a pre-nup. Now that the couple is splitting, no prenup means they may also split their fortune down the middle as required by Washington state law – making Mackenzie both single, and the richest woman in the world.
Pamela Adlon was disgraced comic Louis C.K.’s creative partner for the last decade. Now, she’s taking the lead on their unfinished projects — including FX’s Better Things, which she says was left “dangling from a precipice” — and has mastered a whole new skill-set in the process.
In 2019, Lorena Bobbitt’s story would ignite a national debate about assault and domestic violence. But in 1993, it made her the butt of cruel jokes and a late-night TV punchline. The first trailer has landed for Lorena, the Amazon documentary series (starring Bobbitt) which takes a fresh look at the trial, and the conversations that never took place around it.
NEED TO KNOW
A new French law forcing companies to fix their gender pay gaps has gone into effect. Those firms who fail to balance their books will be fined up to 1 percent of their total payroll.
Pelin Ünker, a Turkish journalist, has been sentenced to thirteen months in prison for exposing the offshore tax activities of a former Prime Minister. Turkey continues to have the worst record in the world for imprisoning journalists.
‘Who’s She?’ A Polish game designer has released a feminist version of the famous ‘Guess Who’ board game, featuring historic women from Frida Kahlo all the way up to Malala Yousafzai. The game’s designer says it’s as much for young girls to discover new heroes as it is for their brothers.
Angela Conley, the first black commissioner of Minnesota’s Hennepin County in its 166-year history, chose to be sworn in this week on a copy of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow – the book that explains the devastating effect mass incarceration has had on the African-American community.
Maha Jannoud is reportedly the first female soccer coach in the Middle East – and while there was discomfort at the start, the Syria men’s team under her direction are unbeaten all season.
In other Louis C.K. news, New York Magazine wrote to 70 comedy clubs asking whether they’d book him today – 17 responded.
BYSTANDERS OR ENABLERS?
When we talk about Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, our conversations understandably focus on the alleged accusers and their victims. But what of those people caught in the middle? Could they have done something to change what happened? And how guilty should they feel for not doing anything? A one-off BBC Radio program debates the question this week: listen here.
Forget Inbox Zero, 2019 is apparently all about ‘Inbox Infinity’ — letting your unread emails rise and rise until you just don’t care anymore.
Remember Cat Person? Kristen Roupenian’s viral short story (which captured the essence of every boring misogynist we’ve ever dated) broke the literary internet last December, landing her a million-dollar debut deal. The book is out this month — and the reviews (good and bad) are in.