Introducing Philip Sandifer: TARDIS Eruditorum vol. 5 Launch Party


Next Saturday, I'll be introducing Philip Sandifer at the launch party for his new book, TARDIS Eruditorum Vol 5: Tom Baker and the Williams Years:

Philip Sandifer will perform a Kabbalistic Choose Your Own Adventure essay around the Doctor Who serial "Logopolis" followed by a Q&A in this launch party for his new collection.

When: Saturday, October 25th, 3:30pm
Where: The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

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In this fifth volume of essays adapted from the acclaimed blog TARDIS Eruditorum you’ll find a critical history of Tom Baker’s final four seasons of Doctor Who. TARDIS Eruditorum tells the ongoing story of Doctor Who from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present day, pushing beyond received wisdom and fan dogma to understand the story not just as the story of a geeky sci-fi show but as the story of an entire tradition of mystical, avant-garde, and politically radical British culture. It treats Doctor Who as a show that really is about everything that ever happened, and everything that ever will.

This volume focuses on the madcap final years of Tom Baker, looking at its connections with punk, British comic books, the Kabbalah, and more. Every blog post from Tom Baker’s final four seasons has been revised and updated from its original form, along with eight brand new essays exclusive to this collected edition, including a look at how the Guardians can be reconciled with the rest of Doctor Who, an analysis of the many different versions of Shada, and an exclusive interview with Gareth Roberts about his many stories set during the Graham Williams era of Doctor Who. Plus, you’ll learn:

- How Robert Holmes deconstructed the Key to Time arc in its first story.

- Whatever happened to Philip Hinchcliffe.

- What Alan Moore and 2000 AD have to do with the history of Doctor Who.

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A now, a very special message from the WOLD NEWTON READING EXTRAVAGANZA

Announcing the next WOLD NEWTON READING EXTRAVAGANZA! Hosted by Wet Asphalt's own Eric Rosenfield.

Monday Oct 3rd at 6:30pm at an EXCITING NEW LOCATION:
The Way Station
683 Washington Ave
btw Prospect and St Mark's
Brooklyn, NY

The world's greatest steampunk and Doctor Who themed bar!

With a special comic book audio-visual experience! You will SEE and HEAR COMIC BOOKS right before your eyes! With the authors presented IN THRILLING TRUE-LIFE 3D!

Dave Roman
Two-time New York Times bestselling creator of ASTRONAUT ACADEMY: ZERO GRAVITY

“There will not be a better all-ages graphic novel published this year than Astronaut Academy. Period.” – Marc Mason, The Comics Waiting Room


Jim Ottaviani
World's preeminant writer of comics about science, writer of FEYNMAN, the larger-than-life true story of the SMARTEST MAN ALIVE, a physicist who grew up in Queens, worked on the Manhattan Project at 23, won the Nobel Prize and wrote funny things about picking up girls.


On Thursday Nov 10th at 7pm
Will be multiple Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy award winner MICHAEL SWANWICK, whose new book DANCING WITH BEARS is about con men in a delirious future Russia.

With him will be recently Hugo nominated and critically acclaimed NK JEMISIN, in honor of the release of the final book of her INHERITANCE TRILOGY, THE KINGDOM OF GODS, which is about deities as weapons of mass destruction, a city on a spire and one hundred thousand kingdoms.

AND ALSO! There will also be an exhilarating STAGE COMBAT DEMONSTRATION by stage combat instructor, stunt man and KUNG FU MASTER MIKE YAHN.


Carol Emshwiller Videos Up


Videos are up from the Carol Emshwiller 90th birthday event! Included is a fascinating 30+ minute interview with everyone's favorite nonagenarian, and a hiliarious set from official Carol Emshwiller birthday magician, Magic Brian!



Another Wold Newton Reading Extravaganza this Sunday!

Join us for steampunk western magical realism in a novel thats garnered rave reviews from Ursula Le Guin, The Onion AV Club, Locus and more, Felix Gilman's The Half-Made World. Join us for New York Times Notable and multi-award-winning writer of the unsettling and sublime Jeffrey Ford. Join us for flarf poetry with Fullbright scholar and New York Foundation for the Arts fellow Sharon Mesmer, author of Annoying Diabetic Bitch. Join us for music once more by the miraculous John Pinamonti and the Atomic Nevada Two. Join us! Resistance is NOT AWESOME. Hosted by Eric Rosenfield (that's ME!)

The event is at 6:30pm this Sunday, January 30th at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (Directions.) All FREE OF CHARGE, as always.

Video from our reading event and more with Cathrynne M. Valente and Bell Dancing/Burlesque

If you click over to the Wold Newton Reading Extravaganza website you can get video of the reading that myself and Ed Champion hosted here in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, including Cat Valente reading from The Habitation of the Blessed which explores the myth of Prester John, Brian Francis Slattery and the West Constantinople Squeezebox Orchestra and sexy dancing!

There's also information about our next event in Januray, featuring Felix Gilman, Jeffrey Ford and Sharon Mesmer!

Wold Newton This Weekend and More Wet Asphalt in December

So the Wold Newton Reading Extravaganza recently inaugurated its new website which has video from the last reading by Brian Francis Slattery and Charles Yu as well as various bonus materials and awesomeness. This weekend will be another great event featuring Cat Valente reading from her book about Prester John, The Habitation of the Blessed, along with belly dancing and burlesque! All for free, at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint. See the website linked to above for more info.

Meanwhile, Wet Asphalt will probably continue to be light until the end of the month when I might have time to breath again. Stay tuned every body!



Justs a reminder that tonight is the WOLD NEWTON READING EXTRAVAGANZA at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at 6:30.

Charles Yu, Brian Francis Slattery, Jonathan Berger, Ed Champion and Eric Rosenfield, on one stage. One of them may even make it out alive!

Man Conservatives Really Are Twats

Today in the New York Times Paul Krugman points out that the GOP, once the party of ideas, has "become the party of Beavis and Butthead."

I couldn't agree more, but I think they're actually a little more Butthead than Beavis these days. See, apparently some C list pundit on CNBC went off on a tangent about the Boston Tea Party and how apparently he sees some link between The Stimulus Package and the Stamp Act or something, because he has called for Americans who agree with him to re-enact the Boston Tea Party in protest of it.

Apparently, the wealthiest 5% of americans are unhappy with the fact that under the Stimulus act with it's extension of the waiver for the AMT, they're going to save only somewhere in the vicinity of a few grand on their taxes this year vs current law, and really they think that they ought to be getting an even bigger tax break.

And somehow, and the way these scum do this never ceases to astound me, those wealthiest 5 percent have convinced a bunch of other idiots to go out protest with them that they didn't get enough of a tax break.

That's right folks, the conservatives are having themselves a good old fashioned patriotic street protest. Because apparently not happy with putting the economy in a tailspin with their disastrous dogmatic adherence to a bullshit economic theory that most of them don't even know the name of, they would now like to take this opportunity to whine about the fact that while the income by percentage of the population increases exponentially across the populations in the top ten percent of earners in the US, the tax brackets barely increase at all over that range. Meaning that a person who makes 300,000 grand a year pays roughly the same percentage of his income in taxes as somone making in excess of 2 million a year.

Of course, it's no secret that taxation is bordering on regressive in the USA. The Republicans have been trying to make that happen for decades now, and the result is the monstrous increase in deficits and debt that have been happening since Saint Ronnie Ray-Gun had the purse strings in the eighties. And, y'know, I've watched Fox News, so I know that these fucking scumbags are capable of getting their panties all twisted up at the drop of a hat.

But to actually stage a Nation Wide Protest because the aren't getting still MORE money? That's just ghoulish. They've turned into that douchebag who insists on splitting the check evenly at the end of the night even though he had three times as many drinks and the live Maine lobster while everyone else picked at appetizers. Seriously Republicans, we on the left, we know a little something about staging a protest. We've been at it a lot longer than you, and we picked up a few things over the years. One of the most important rules? Surprisingly enough, it's the rule that says you should never protest over an issue that makes you look like a greedy sack of shit. Funny how this one works out, but when you go out in public and make a lot of noise about what a greedy sack of shit you are, you don't win over a lot of new political allies super anxious to be your best friend so that everyone will think that they are greedy sacks of shit too.

But by all means, if you all insist on having your little jamboree, go nuts. But you really should be ashamed of yourselves.

UPDATE: I am sort of annoyed that more people aren't as annoyed by this as I am. Maybe it's just that word hasn't got out enough. Still, even if these things are a raucous success, it's not going to change anything. Obama is still president. Democrats still control the legislature. And conservatives are still too dense to realize how effete and privileged organizing a national day for a tea party makes them.

Three Musketeers: Eco, Rushdie, Vargas Llosa


I went to the "Three Musketeers" event at the 92nd Street Y which was a reading and then interview with Umberto Eco, Salmon Rushdie and Mario Vargas Llosa. I wrote about the event on Filthy Habits, and now that post was quoted by the 92Y Blog itself. Also audio of the entire event has been posted on the PEN American website. It was a pretty amazing evening, and worth listening to.

Events this Week


Tonight I will be attending Straight out of Angoulême, Words without Borders' event with Charles Burberian and Philippe Dupuy, creators of the French Monsieur Jean comics (some of which have recently been collected in the book Get A Life which I highly recommend). These two guys have been kind of heroes of mine since I first read there work years ago in the anthology Drawn and Quarterly, and my one attempt at online comics (which shall go unnamed) openly aped their style.

Tomorrow, I'll be at the National Book Critics Circle Awards ceremony, an award which really needs a nickname. The Crities? The Nats? The Natties?