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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. encyclops
    June 30, 2016 @ 7:17 am

    I’m super confused about whether it’s the men’s rights types who wear the fedoras or the “white knight” guys they deride for saying “m’lady.” Or do they all wear them?

    Either way, as a guy who still has almost all his hair but expects that won’t last forever, I’m dismayed at the fact that at some point in the future I’ll probably have to choose between looking like a tool or getting a sunburned head. What hats are left to white guys with no more than average style? Fedoras, cowboy hats, and baseball caps are hopeless; a beanie is tough to pull off past a certain age or temperature; derbies and top hats are never going to come back, and you wouldn’t want them to. The military cap doesn’t work outside a Civil War movie or an organic bean co-op. I feel like the sole refuge is the humble newsie, and even that might just be my blind love talking.

    I know we were talking about comics, but comics won’t keep a guy’s head warm. At least not in the rain.


    • Aylwin
      June 30, 2016 @ 7:55 am

      Don’t take my word for it, but I’ve been told that what the internet calls a fedora is virtually always actually a trilby. So maybe you could just wear an actual fedora.


    • MattM
      June 30, 2016 @ 9:06 am

      Wear a crown


    • Devin
      June 30, 2016 @ 10:35 am

      Porkpie? Digger hat? Beret? Or plan ahead and work on having some style, maybe?

      I’m fond of a patrol cap myself: not the full USMC eight-point style, but something a little more generic, closer to a ball cap but with a little more shape to the crown and a little less brim. Basically, the question to ask is “if I put a red star on this, would Castro wear it?” Dude had a sharp eye for hats: nothing busy, nothing gaudy, but did you ever see him wearing something dumb?*

      In a similar vein, I’ve seen knit skullcaps deployed with some effectiveness, if you can find something with a little more character than a basic beanie.

      *Real question, because while I admire his hat selection, I would also very much enjoy pictures of Castro in silly hats.


    • Daibhid C
      June 30, 2016 @ 3:06 pm

      Black fedora (or trilby) and grow a beard. Then instead of looking like an MRA, you look like a brilliant comic novelist.

      Full disclosure: I can’t pull that off (I don’t suit a beard for one thing) and wear baseball caps with sci-fi logos on them. (I used to have a specially-made Discworld one in fact, but it blew away.)


    • Tim B.
      June 30, 2016 @ 8:26 pm

      For summer/sun protections a bucket or fisherman’s hat. Provides good sun cover without going overboard, has low maintenance requirements & can be easily stored whilst out and about. Style-wise available in a range of plain colours as well as patterned varieties and don’t tend to retail for ridiculously high prices, unless you go for particular brands.

      I’d say could be pulled off with most ‘casual’ looks, you may be able to get away with a plain one with business wear but if that’s a look you can get away with then you be you.

      Winter-wise just go full military fur lined cap with the pull down side flaps, whatever it’s called.


    • encyclops
      June 30, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

      I sincerely appreciate all the style conversation that’s resulted from this, but I probably should have stopped with the first paragraph. 🙂 I still don’t know the answer to that question and it has made a number of tweets, and in fact part of this post, very confusing to me. Anyone?


      • bombasticus
        June 30, 2016 @ 10:09 pm

        The developmental line between whimsical dandy and MRA shark is extremely fragile — effectively the chivalrous tipper of a few years ago has often curdled into a would-be pick-up artist today, even though the external wardrobe cues don’t change much.

        Hope that makes sense! I’m really only commenting here because I thought Cinema Purgatorio was coming out three weeks from now . . . is this a secret accelerated backer-only release?


    • David Gerard
      July 1, 2016 @ 7:38 am

      Get a fedora and put a little card in the band saying “SJW”. I’m certainly never giving up my skeptical atheist fedora.


    • Tom B
      July 1, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

      Don’t be afraid of going with a newsie/flat cap/ascot cap style. Or, Tim B’s suggestion of a fisherman’s cap could be good in the right seasons/circumstances.

      Or, go with a deerstalker. Not that common, but has its own style.


      • encyclops
        July 5, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

        The newsie is my current default on the maybe 2 days a year I wear a hat at all. It seems to suit me and will probably be a fine default if and when I ever lose enough of my hair that it becomes an issue.


    • ferret
      July 8, 2016 @ 11:49 am

      A stovepipe hat, perhaps?


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