Working at home today — if reading Andrew Curran’s new biography of Diderot for the class on the European/American Enlightenment I’m teaching can be called work — I  witnessed a most remarkable succession of clouds.


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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15 Responses to CLOUDS!

  1. Philip Garrison says:

    Scott –

    Lovely fotos! May you Enlighten all of Utah!

    Stay warm,


    Sent from my iPad



  2. Alex caldiero says:

    good to see you with your head in the clouds. happy pareidolia!.


  3. Alex caldiero says:

    good to see you with your head in the clouds. happy pareidolia!.


  4. Alex caldiero says:

    keep looking. and imagen. remember just because it s made up does not mean it isnt true.


  5. Alex caldiero says:

    of course it is. it’ s how it begins. good ol Nitzch one of the few who could be truthful without shame.


  6. Alex caldiero says:

    I’ve been looking at your cloud pictures especially as formatted on my little cell phone screen really nice and going back to Luke Howard remember him the man who named the clouds and kind of really really looking at his book again talk soon.


  7. Alex caldiero says:

    by the way. how is the diderot book?


    • Scott Abbott says:

      I’m enjoying it as an introduction to the man, his thoughts, and his times. It’s well written for a broad audience. Quite a man, that Diderot, quit publishing anything but the encyclopedie after a stay in prison for his writing, but wrote up a storm for posterity. just learned that Goethe translated one of the 3 manuscript copies of Jaques le Fataliste and then that copy went missing, so the first French version of the novel was a translation from Goethe’s translation


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