Alex launched his new book last night at Ken Sanders’ Rare Books.
Here is Michael McLane’s photo of Alex as he began:
The audience filled the place, with the crowd stretching out the open door onto the street.
Alex was powerful and pensive, funny and wise. And the book, a reproduction of hid notebook “Six Days on the Colorado River Thru Cataract Canyon,” is stunning. The folks at Saltfront made the book look like it had just been rescued from the water. It is a work of art.
yesterday the river
ripped my glasses
off my face and said:
Now, look !!
A couple of images:
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 http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
Heard it was fantastic. Sad I had to miss the event. Thanks for posting!
missed seeing you. but it feels good to think about you becoming a father!
Thanks much(o) for the good words. But a book is only as good as the readers.
true, and it’s also true that you can judge a book by its cover. and this one has a beautiful one. what is that hand drum called you worked so interestingly before you read?
That was a Sardinian finger drum technique. I have substituted the original bamboo with skin tied to one end with an empty Tylenol bottle. The sound quality is comparable.😇
It worked beautifully, Alex. Put us in a contemplative mood, thoughtful and receptive and even delighted.