The struggle in terms of the strange

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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. Anton B
    January 1, 2016 @ 10:52 am

    Yeah nice article. Bad people gonna be bad. Now I know why I never got beyond episode one of Deadwood while scoffing at a friend’s refusal to watch The Sopranos because “it was about bad people”
    Incidentally, in Husbands of River Song as soon as River mentioned the ship being full of ‘planet burners’ I sarted humming World Burners Unite!

    Blimey this site’s infrastructure is getting eccentric. Why is there a tag link for The Pandorica Opens? Which then only leads to Jack Graham’s (albeit excellent) critique and this same post.

    And I don’t want to sound whiney or entitled but of course it took me five or six captchas to make this comment.


    • Aberrant Eyes
      January 1, 2016 @ 6:38 pm

      “And I don’t want to sound whiney or entitled but of course it took me five or six captchas to make this comment.”

      It took me three to make the comment below, and until I checked just now, I wasn’t sure it’d gotten through, as I’d gotten an “An error occurred” message.


  2. Goodluck
    January 1, 2016 @ 11:35 am

    I think you’ve left out the most interesting, undisclosed part of the process. The pigs are only shown feasting on the flesh of the dead, but what next? Assumably they’re slaughtered, strung up in a larder, salted perhaps… But, it’s before the days of refrigeration, so the pork isn’t going to be shipped very far… So whose table do they end up on? Is the pork merely the providence of the poor, or do the criminals, Doherty, Swearengen, or Wu, who send the corpses into the pigpen, simply abstain, or do they have a taste for it as well?


    • Devin
      January 4, 2016 @ 5:13 am

      I always assumed if someone in the know was choosing to eat Wu’s pork, we’d have heard about it.

      The camp’s a bigger place than we see, so there are plenty of people who don’t know what those pigs have been eating.

      Then again, Farnum’s attitude towards his kitchen is quite consistent with the notion that he’s feeding second-generation long pork to his guests.


      • Kit Power
        January 4, 2016 @ 9:55 am

        There’s a cut in one episode, I think in the first season, where we go from pigs feasting on a corpse to breakfast in EB’s hotel. So, yeah, that felt explicit (and hilarious) to me.


  3. Aberrant Eyes
    January 1, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

    “Histonnfgvry may be written by white men”

    And this is why, when the Loomis household was owned by a cat, we kept it as separate from the computers as possible.


    • theflaninthehighcastle
      January 1, 2016 @ 6:41 pm

      “History” was such an apt word to garble in this context that I actually thought it was deliberate until Phil corrected it.


  4. Sean Dillon
    January 1, 2016 @ 5:05 pm

    Who’s Kleio?


    • Daibhid Ceannaideach
      January 1, 2016 @ 11:09 pm

      Alternate (and probably more authentically Hellenic) spelling of Clio, the Muse of History.


  5. SpaceSquid
    January 5, 2016 @ 8:14 am

    The four Daves have come a long way from defending Palisade, huh?


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