We had the septic tank pumped this morning.



It reminded me of thoughts about family and language:

. . . Did John grow up with the same childish misunderstanding I had of our mother’s word “bee-em,” unaware that it was an abbreviation for bowel movement? We heard the word long before we could spell.

In his French mountain village, John Berger refuses to abstract: “A week ago I cleared out and buried the year’s shit. The shit of my family and of friends who visit us. . . .”

“Kitsch is the absolute denial of shit,” according to Milan Kundera.

Steven Epperson, graduated from Temple and then a curator for the Church Museum of Art and History, worked on an exhibit on the Salt Lake Temple. He and his colleagues wanted to display the blueprints used to construct the building. Church authorities granted permission only on the condition that all toilets and plumbing be whited out.

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to shit

  1. alex caldiero says:

    now, that’s environmental humanities at its best…when it comes to fecal matter we wanna shush sh u sh u sh sh it butt….of course we cannot…..


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s