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 http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/

The 3 Million Majority March Band: NYC

From The New Yorker, 20 March 2017 When the song was over, a guitarist named Barry Komitor asked Tom Abbott, a clarinettist, about his plans for after the demonstration. “I’m gonna go eat some soup. And then I’m going to … Continue reading

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NYRB, my response to a defamatory review

The letter appeared in the latest issue and the response just repeated the reviewer’s initial inanities.   Scott Abbott, reply by Adam Kirsch MARCH 23, 2017 ISSUE of the New York Review of Books In response to: The Stranger in … Continue reading

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Feature article on Immortal for Quite Some Time

For the Salt Lake Tribune, Ellen Weist read my book in conjunction with Brooke Williams’ new book and, I think, they make a good pairing. Maybe it’s part of the work of a writer to dance with those who have … Continue reading

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Cloudy Morning

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The World’s Most Perfect Obituary

Brooke Williams has just reviewed my Immortal for Quite Some Time for Salt Lake’s 15 Bytes. The review begins with these paragraphs: The first thing I read on opening Scott Abbott’s Immortal for Quite Some Time was that “This is not a … Continue reading

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Clouds

A sequence of photos taken yesterday give a sense for the changing sky.

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When Non-Readers Review

They did, in fact, publish it. Good for them. The reviewer, who responded, didn’t engage with any of my points. … After the New York Review of Books published an aggressively idiotic review of The Moravian Night, I sent a letter to … Continue reading

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Walking the Body-Mind

Grateful to have an essay in the new issue of saltfront, sharing space with a beautiful poem by Heather Holland and a heartbreaking story by Larry Menlove. See their website HERE

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Daily Dose of Immortality

Good morning Terry, sunny here on our mountain for the first time in days. And a quiet Sun-day morning to read your book. I read it front to back and then again back to front. As you mentioned on facebook, … Continue reading

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Intellectual Arithmetic

My dad was a school teacher (vocational agriculture at first, then science and math for 7th grade). He became a Junior High principal and collected a few pedagogical chestnuts like this 1849 volume: Lest the inexperienced teacher lack the necessary … Continue reading

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