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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. storiteller
    March 11, 2014 @ 7:32 am

    No matter how wonderful it may be, no other song can be "the bleakest pop single you'll ever dance to," as that title definitively belongs to Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart. Otherwise, very intriguing! I haven't listened to all of them yet, but the little I was able to listen to while eating breakfast this morning reminded me of the Joy Division / New Order era.


  2. Elizabeth Sandifer
    March 11, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    While I don't think anyone would disagree that Love Will Tear Us Apart is straight up one of the greatest pop songs ever written, I don't have any objection to the idea that a song about how you and everything you know will in time crumble and be utterly forgotten is more bleak than a breakup song, no matter how brilliant a breakup song it might be.


  3. encyclops
    March 11, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    I actually find the prospect of me and everything I know in time crumbling and being utterly forgotten to be immensely cheering and satisfying. It's exactly what I need to put a breakup song in perspective.

    Which is also a recommendation, just from the other direction. I listened to it the last time you mentioned it, and it really does sound amazing.


  4. Peteski
    March 11, 2014 @ 11:46 pm

    This was delicious. Goodnight London reminded me a bit of The Magnetic Fields and I'm not sure why.


  5. Jesse
    March 13, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    While I don't think anyone would disagree that Love Will Tear Us Apart is straight up one of the greatest pop songs ever written…

    Yo! Over here!


  6. Brian Block
    April 28, 2014 @ 9:03 am

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  7. Brian Block
    April 29, 2014 @ 4:48 am

    So, I listened to this album on bandcamp and bought it. Thank you!

    I haven't introduced myself at all, but in case you see/notice old comments, I wanted to take the time to say a much larger thank you. (One which financially has been expressed in the form of buying your Hartnell, Troughton, and "Flood" books, all outstanding.) In combination with Andrew Rilstone and Andrew Hickey you have turned me, at age 40, back into a fan of the classic series.

    I'd loved Dr. Who dearly from ages 12-14, but then put it completely aside — in favor of girls (not unusual), music (not unusual), and political activism (more unusual for that age, and something I was far too young to think of applying, Jack Graham-style, to a television show). The 2005 revival took exactly three episodes to lose my interest; I knew nothing of Lawrence Miles, but did notice that not only was "Unquiet Dead"'s plot full of mumbo-jumbo, but that it was the second time in three episodes that the Doctor had pleaded for a peaceful treatment of refugees, only for violence and murder to be the correct solution. I didn't expect to care about Doctor Who again — and then, a few months ago, I discovered so much wonderful writing, yours included, about it.

    So far I've been re-watching the Peter Davison era, which I recalled as my favorite back in the day, and holding off on reading your opinions until I've finished each episode. It's been nice how often you say what I'd been thinking, only with more detail and perspective. I've used the novelizations to convert my 7- and 5-year-old boys: choosing for quality, I've read them "Castrovalva", "Kinda", and "Snakedance" so far, with "Mawdryn", "Enlightenment", "Frontios", "Planet of Fire", and "Androzani" lined up. (We do completely disagree about Adric, a brave and resourceful young man who gave his life to save Earth from a disastrous explosion and whose more irritating tendencies, in the face of a life traveling amid constant danger and pretty slightly-older women he didn't remotely have the social skills to win over, seem understandable and muted to me. Oh well.)

    My wife and I have started reading your "Torchwood" takes, too. We really liked that show, but from our perspective it was an honorary Joss Whedon show. Your commentaries there are illuminating, erudite, and — from our thus-quite-different perspective — amusingly bizarre at times. Much fun.

    – Brian


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