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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. Chris
    October 1, 2013 @ 2:41 am

    I am very excited about this book. TMBG are my second favourite band (behind The Residents) and I squealed with delight when I saw the book page first pop up on Amazon a few moons ago. Will it be available in Kindle format? I'm rather keen on not having physical objects whenever possible.


  2. Kit Power
    October 1, 2013 @ 3:04 am

    Second the vote for Kindle. This album is a real anomaly in my music collection, but I cannot imagine being without it. Vey excited about this project.


  3. C.
    October 1, 2013 @ 3:36 am

    "I'm rather keen on not having physical objects whenever possible."

    the 33 1/3 books are small enough to fit into a coat pocket, so if they're not on Kindle they're also not going to take up any space, really.

    greatly looking forward to this, Phil.


  4. SpaceSquid
    October 1, 2013 @ 5:22 am

    Very nice intro, Dr S., and speaking as someone who only knows "Birdhouse…" and that one about Istanbul, most successful in keeping the newbie interested.

    Might I ask though why NME is described as "England's"? I always figured it belonged to the entire UK; that people from Ullapool to Glamorgan could come together and ask "Holy lizardballs, are those goobertrons over at NME not over themselves yet?"


  5. BerserkRL
    October 1, 2013 @ 5:35 am

    I'll have to buy two — since this is really going to be the perfect Christmas gift for the friend who introduced me to TMBG.


  6. Elizabeth Sandifer
    October 1, 2013 @ 6:29 am

    Because I didn't notice that Alex had said that. I'll have him shot.


  7. Elizabeth Sandifer
    October 1, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    All previous releases in the series have Kindle versions, so I'm assuming it will. I'll double check with my editor and make sure, though.


  8. Nightsky
    October 1, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    Oh, man, insta-buy. I was in high school when I first heard TMBG, and it was one of those moments when I felt my life reorient itself. It was '92 or '93 or something. Within months I had found my way, inexorably, to It was like coming home.


  9. encyclops
    October 1, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    They Might Be Giants were the first concert I ever saw. It was my freshman year at college. So: yeah.

    I think "geek" and "nerd" must have been turning the corner you describe right around my day, because I feel more like the Johns about those words, and yet there are other people my age (and younger) who embrace them. I don't think I ever will, but I get why it feels empowering.


  10. Chris
    October 1, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I have several Kindle editions from the series, but yours doesn't have a Kindle version on the site, which is why I ask. I'll be happy to buy a physical copy if necessary, as they are small C. mentioned below, but being that small means they can also get lost easily (I keep misplacing my Golden Guide To The Stars, the book from which the lyrics to "Why Does The Sun Shine?" originate, so I've yet to get it autographed).


  11. elvwood
    October 2, 2013 @ 2:06 am

    I must say, this sounds surprisingly fun. Put me down for a Kindle version when that becomes available…


  12. Elizabeth Sandifer
    October 2, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    Official confirmation from my editor – a Kindle edition will exist, and will be for sale on Amazon closer to the publication date.


  13. Kit Power
    October 2, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    Brilliant! Will pre-order that as soon as it's live (you may want to announce at the top of whatever blog goes live that day as a reminder though).


  14. Chris
    October 3, 2013 @ 2:03 am

    Yay! This is why the world's in love again, and why we're marching hand in hand.


  15. landru
    October 18, 2013 @ 5:33 am

    Awesome that you wrote a 33 1/3 book. They are pretty important, especially for obscure albums. TMBG … I was a fan when they had the dial-a-song and think "Lincoln" was their best album. It's hard to choose from a large body of work which is best. Congratulations.


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