On the Fate and Future of Elsewhere


Perhaps the title is misleading, seeming to imply something strange, mystical.  The idea of talking about a vague term like ‘elsewhere’ in a temporal sense sounding potentially both interesting and absurd, intriguing and pretentious.  But no.  No no no.  My ambitions today are barely even literary much less high-end philosophical.  No, I merely want to discuss my increasingly large and long-term series ‘Elsewhere,’ and where it is going from here.


Earlier, when series 1-3 of Elsewhere appeared, I was up to date on my research, ready to go with a day or two of refreshers and a general idea based upon individual history and the arc of a larger theme.  And yet this has caught up with me.  I have numerous other projects in the works (the many-times referenced biography project I am composing, as well as the new Recording Editorial History podcast, every Thursday at 9PM Western Standard Time on demospinradio.com), and as a result, and for the practical reason of making a living, these stories have slowed down tremendously.  The next part, the final section of Series 4 on Europe, will be on Scandinavia, with the title “Scandinavia, The Happiest Frozen Wasteland on earth.”  This should appear by the end of this week.


Subsequently there are two more Elsewhere series’ planned, Part Five on periods of world history so significant that they have been named (‘Bronze Age,’ ‘Iron Age,’ ‘Renaissance,’ ‘Reformation,’ et cetera), and this will be followed by Part Six, on all the modern day civil wars raging throughout the world.


The Elsewhere series, other than a few stray, intentionally provocative opinion pieces included herein, has been my most popular series by far, and I truly appreciate the apparent on-going interest.  It has taught me a great deal about the nature of the world and the cyclical nature of history, and I hope it has, thus far, provided you with at least a touch of the same.


Opinion pieces are easy to write.  One does not even need to base the commentary on their actual beliefs, merely a chronicle of what someone, somewhere, has claimed to be true.  This has always been the goal of Recording Editorial History, and in this sense it has provided a study more of reactions coming from disagreement, than anything to do with whatever opinion is being presented.  This shows the darkening tide of social divisions we face.  The history pieces, hopefully, provide a model of how we have already been there before, and how we eventually grew out of our intolerance and simply lived exhausted lives until the next controversy consumed everyone.


I have recently been marketing the possibility of a collection of Elsewhere for physical publication, and the problem is that it has mostly already been published.  Of course the pieces will be edited and modified for precision and perhaps a few added details, but it makes it a harder sell, especially when it is offered online for free.  Nevertheless, thank you for sticking with me.  Today, by the way, 6/18/2019, is the literal one year anniversary of this site.  I have decided that with this latest piece of barren self-promotion that I am done for the day–

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