“Anyone or anything suspended on the axis between heaven and earth becomes a repository of potential knowledge.”

On Monday, November 23, 2020, a mysterious monolith was discovered “in a remote part of Utah, after being spotted by state employees counting sheep from a helicopter. The structure, estimated at between 10ft and 12ft high…appeared to be planted in the ground. It was made from some sort of metal, its shine in sharp contrast to the enormous red rocks which surrounded it.”

In a year full of so much bad news, news of the monolith’s discovery was embraced the world over as good news – or at least *weird* news.

This weird news sparked speculation: What was it? Where had it come from? Who or what was responsible for placing it in the red rock canyon deep in the heart of the American West and why?

The more that authorities discouraged people from trekking to the mysterious monolith, the more the monolith called out to some. Amidst a global pandemic, thousands traveled from around the world to make their way to Moab, Utah – and from Moab, they tattooed the trail-less red sand with the soles of their shoes, driven to get there, to the spot that had become the very center of the world.

Some locals welcomed the questers and their dollars in a tourist town hard-hit by pandemic restrictions. Others worried that the strangers would destroy the delicate desert ecosystem or infect the elderly folks who lived in town.

Still others – be they politicians, conservationists, land owners hoping to sell their mineral rights, or the people whose ancestors had held this land sacred for generations – worried that the monolith, and the attention it attracted, would resurrect old and not-so-old feuds over who this land really belonged to and what it was really for.  

Then, just as suddenly as it appeared, the Utah Monolith disappeared. And all around the world, millions more people mused, what did all of this even mean?

The stories within The Very Center of the World will attempt to answer those questions and raise even moreā€¦

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Editor, J Burton