My Lucky Day

A letter from Germany’s most important literary publisher!



It’s from their royalty department! I’ll be able to pay off my credit card, or maybe my mortgage.


My contribution to the volume, 2.5 pages, gives me a share of the sales of 22 books last year which adds up to a total of 0.11 Euros due to me.


Unfortunately, they don’t have my bank account number and so will be paying me 0.00 Euros. Too bad. It was a good essay nestled between essays by the other travelers who made the trip up the Drina River between the wars: Thomas Deichmann, I, Peter Handke, and Zarko Radakovic.


Later that day, however, while walking, I found this $20 bill.

Granted, a fifth of it is missing, so it’s probably only worth $16. And there’s the slight problem of the Russian CYBEHNP and the COPY stamp and the CRUGER name.

Otherwise, it was a most lucky day.


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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3 Responses to My Lucky Day

  1. Your snarkiness cracks me up. 😀


  2. Lynda says:

    Nevertheless.. your contribution acknowledged! Next time BIG MONEY!
    P.S. Everytime I see the name of your blog, zI laugh! No.. it is the mother of the goalie’s anxiety.. she loved to sacrifice her body for the high school team.. many twisted ankles and sprained wrists! I never got used to it!!


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