Response to Wild Rides, Wildflowers

Steve Peck, author of the fine novel The Scholar of Moab, has just written this generous account of our manuscript, scheduled for publication by Torrey House Press in March 2014:

Following the conversations and adventures of Scott and Sam was a delight–my only complaint is that I was stung by an absolute desire to join them. I wanted to step into the book with them and ride the trails they were riding, to explore the landscape they obviously loved and knew well. I wished to accompany them as they discussed philosophy, memory, religion, place, botany, and the ecological diversity of one of my favorite places on Earth. I longed to share directly in their wit, humor, wisdom and foolishness (of the best kind). However, that being impossible, this is a wonderful substitute. So I’m grateful and content that at least I got to share their rich world through this remarkable book. The gusto and passion they have for this land comes through on every page.

Many thank, Steve.

For more about the book, click on the Wild Rides, Wildflowers tab just under the photo of the goalie.

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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4 Responses to Response to Wild Rides, Wildflowers

  1. flowerville says:

    nice one. i probably will have the same complaint when reading the book. if one has complaints it should always only be such ones. 🙂


  2. flowerville says:

    thanks, that’s kind.


  3. mikerol says:

    I continue to find the resemblance of Nina Pops to Mondrian very problematic, puzzling.


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