Thoughts on Immortal from Lance Olsen

Lance Olsen, author of the provocative and thoughtful and formally playful Nietzsche’s Kisses, [[there. ]], Theories of Forgetting, and other books I haven’t yet read, posted these thoughts about Immortal for Quite Some Time:

:::: I happily don’t exactly know what to call Scott Abbott’s latest, Immortal for Quite Some Time — perhaps what Renee Gladman would designate a Thinking Text. Whatever the right category, it’s a wonderfully smart, brave, probing, felt collage of meditations, reminiscences, photographs, quotes, and definitions circling around Abbott’s brother’s death by AIDS at 40 in 1991; Abbott’s own education (as opposed to indoctrination) into the idea of education (often through Germanic literatures: among other things, he’s one of Peter Handke’s translators); his internal & professional battles with the Mormon church’s hypocrisies, contradictions, authoritarian hierarchies, & deployments of public shaming as a form of social control; & the problematics of pastness, simplistic gender boundaries, & that thing we used to refer to as a unified self.


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
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2 Responses to Thoughts on Immortal from Lance Olsen

  1. roughghosts says:

    Very good words there. Congratulations on all the positive feedback, Scott. I do look forward to reading it myself at some point in the new year.


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