Linkblogging for 01/11/08

When I said “I’ll try to get stuff written over the next couple of days” what I *should* have said is “My wife and I will spend the next week like the little weather people in the clock, each being sick when the other is better, and I will miss two important Lib Dem events this week and my wife will have to take a few days off work, and so I won’t be able to get any writing done.”

However, we’re both well now, and I plan to spend *all weekend* writing…

Frankosonic has an interesting post on Frank Sinatra’s Watertown album, and a link in the comments takes me to this very thorough review of the album.

While it’s great to see Watertown get this much attention, I do think that the interpretation that both people put on it (that the narrator’s wife has died, not just left him) is strained. For a start, Jake Holmes and Bob Gaudio had previously written Saturday’s Father on Genuine Imitation Life Gazette, another song very specifically about the aftermath of a divorce (“fun to have a daddy every Saturday”), and the song Goodbye (She Quietly Says) is too explicit to read as her dying without missing out half the lyrics. Still an interesting look at the album, though, and that mournful tone is certainly suited to their interpretation…

Incidentally, if any of you haven’t heard Watertown, you *must*. I’m not usually a huge fan of Sinatra, but give him the right material, as here, and he could rise to it. It’s sort of a middle-aged divorcee’s Pet Sounds, but better. What’s Now Is Now and Michael And Peter in particular are just stunning.

Emily Short is trying a unique idea – a collaborative player-generated interactive fiction game called Alabaster. I’ve not had a chance to play with this properly yet, but it looks fascinating. I hope she releases the conversation system as a proper I7 extension, as it looks very, very useful…

Fred Clark writes about the hypocritical tactics of anti-abortion Republicans in the US.

Even neo-nazis think Obama is better than McCain…

I posted a link to the prologue to Scholars & Rogues’ incredibly long analysis of the Jon-Benet Ramsey case’s portrayal in the media, but this part, talking about cultural values, is worth reading too – the whole thing is, in fact, but I’ve not linked the other parts because of how disturbing people might find them.

And Brad Hicks on supply-side economics.

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