Author Archives: Scott Abbott

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

40 Years / 50 Years: I Am Ahab

  “Oh, Starbuck! . . . On such a day . . . I struck my first whale — a boy-harpooner of eighteen! Forty — forty — forty years ago! — ago! Forty years of continual whaling! forty years of … Continue reading

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Our Battle for Quality over Quantity at Utah Valley University

I spent the past couple of weeks writing these letters and gathering signatures. Inside Higher Ed published a short piece on this today and the Provo Daily Herald and the UVU Review both published pieces about it. Publicity is our … Continue reading

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Proud Papa et Grand-père

Pretty damn proud to be part of this bunch. The four youngest at the party: Bix — Christmas necklace and foxes Caspian the pool shark Henry — French gunfighter Ingrid, thoughtfully bilingual Five of the magnificent seven: Sam, Tim, Tom, … Continue reading

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Don’t Touch Me

A new chapbook from Alex. It is difficult to describe what a gift like this means, but Lewis Hyde is helpful: As is the case with any other circulation of gifts, the commerce of art draws each of its participants … Continue reading

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Peter Handke: 75th Birthday

Peter Handke turned 75 today. I’m a different and better person than I would have been if I hadn’t read his books, written about them, and even translated a couple of them. Herzlichste Glückwünsche, Peter, zum Geburtstag!

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. . . he would not intervene with the weather on behalf of the clouds whose real purpose he sought to undermine for no other reason than his own vanity.    (Alex Caldiero, Clairefontaine) (from and answer, Alex Caldiero) (from Vomit questions on … Continue reading

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World War II

Just graduated from high school in Windsor, Colorado, our father volunteered for service in WWII. He did flight training in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and eventually was stationed with a B-29 crew in the Pacific. When I think of him during … Continue reading

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Who is the Poet What is the Book

Last night Alex read from his book written/drawn/sanded/soaked while floating down Utah’s Cataract Canyon. The event was sponsored by 15 Bytes, Utah’s Arts Magazine and featured the winner and two finalists for this year’s poetry prize. Katherine Coles (Utah’s former Poet … Continue reading

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The Perfect Fence

We have constructed a new website for the book. You can find it here: Let us know if you have any suggestions as we expand and improve it. Looks like the book will be available through Texas A&M University … Continue reading

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20,000 Words

My son Tom recently gave me a book titled 20,000 Words, Sixth Edition, “Spelled and Divided for Quick Reference.” Just the words. No definitions. No history. But they are in alphabetical order. And stories lurk in each group of words. … Continue reading

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