Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I haven't been posting for awhile--so I'll begin again!

I'm proud to be published in the current issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known #1751, titled "Stuttering & the Human Self," in which Mr. Siegel's 1946 lecture is published for the first time, "The Philosophy of Stuttering." It is a fact that through study of Aesthetic Realism in classes with Eli Siegel, my stuttering ended. I want people everywhere to know how stuttering is a manifestation that represents a person's way of seeing the world. Ellen Reiss, Chairman of Aesthetic Realism, writes in her Commentary to this issue:

The lecture can be seen as a companion to Mr. Siegel’s rich, stylistically beautiful discussion of stuttering in his Self and World. There he shows that this difficulty in expression is a phase of the fight all people have: the fight between respect for the world and contempt for it. “Stuttering is a collision,” he writes, of the desire “to be other, to be related,” and the desire “to be a snug, perfect point, capable of dismissing anything and everything” (pp. 324, 331).

To accompany the 1946 lecture, we reprint parts of an important article by Aesthetic Realism consultant Miriam Mondlin. It appeared in this journal in 1994, with the title “How My Stuttering Ended.”

So read this great issue--it's about so much more than stuttering!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Events at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation!

Bookmark the events page on the Aesthetic Realism website to find great seminars, presentations & special events in New York City!

For example, here's some of what you'll find at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, 141 Greene Street, in SoHo, New York, NY 10012, phone: 212 777-4490:

Celebrating the Real Meaning of Marriage!

MIND AND WIVES A groundbreaking lecture by Eli Siegel, in which he spoke about George Sand, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Milton, & more:

"A wife is a tremendous point in emotion, accompanied by a clear legal situation. In being married, women are saying they want a man to affect them. Yet in being affected, they don't want to lose themselves. So they face the aesthetic problem of how to have themselves by giving themselves to another."


"As the groom in this painting embraces his bride, Rembrandt shows visually that a man's desire to embrace a woman and his desire to understand her can be the same thing!"

MAXIMS ABOUT MARRIAGE — humorous, educative, & romantic — from Damned Welcome by Eli Siegel

-- And More!

Click on for details.

And look for the announcement for August 12th at 2:30 PM
A Special Event --

The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company presents:
Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Opposites,& Our Greatest Hopes—A Celebration!

Aesthetic Realism & Nature by Eli Siegel

Now that the warm weather is here, and like so many people, I find myself thinking about "the great outdoors" and nature, I'd like you to know about a delightful & deep lecture on this subject by Eli Siegel.

It is titled: Aesthetic Realism & Nature by Eli Siegel—This lecture is published in series in The Right Of — & available on the Aesthetic Realism Online Library. To give you an idea of this fresh way of seeing nature, I quote some here:
"Once more people are going to go out into the country, and be on the hillsides, and in the grass, and hear the birds, and look at the insects, and watch the sky; and they won't do it really, I'm afraid, with any love for what those things represent, and they won't do it with any deep wisdom for themselves. So far, nature has been used too much to hate people with, and to be against oneself….
Nature is defined by Aesthetic Realism as the way the world goes about being itself and changing. Aesthetic Realism sees man's mind as nature at its highest, but as a continuation of all that went before. And if you don't like the way your in-laws behave, you don't like nature, because in-laws are just as much nature as hummingbirds are. If you are going away from in-laws to hummingbirds, you're going from one aspect of nature to another, not from something called in-laws to something called nature."

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Aesthetic Realism Looks at New York City

Visit this new, informative website about New York City, its landmark buildings, its bridges, its parks, poetry about NYC, works of art, and more--and learn what makes it so vital.

I love what John Stern, Aesthetic Realism Consultant, and historian with a lifelong care for NYC wrote in the Introduction:
"Every city, like every person, is a unique relation of opposites. The way hardness and softness, past and present, sameness and difference, rest and motion, vertical and horizontal come together in New York is what makes this city great. For example, the city consists of about 300 neighborhoods in all 5 boroughs making for its rich diversity—each of which is like the others, yet is also different.

Mr. Siegel loved the city. He lived in New York most of his life, taught Aesthetic Realism here, walked on its streets, wrote poetry, and lectured on the city—its history, its economy, its poets, writers, and artists—and much, much more. To hear him speak about New York and its people was an unforgettable experience, mingling as he always did the utmost in feeling and the greatest exactitude, wide range and great depth. He made New York, its people, and all
they had to do with alive and permanent to me."


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Saturday Dramatic Presentation--On Music, Evil, & Love! Saturday, October 21, 8:00 pm

A great event will take place at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, 141 Greene Street, New York City!

Saturday, October 21, 8:00 pm
Aesthetic Realism Dramatic Presentation

On Music, Evil, & Love!

THE TRIAL OF MR. PICKWICK: A consideration of Chapter 33 of Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers, by Eli Siegel

“This chapter is a high point in the relation of mirth and evil. Serjeant Buzfuz is a person as much representing evil as anybody in fiction, though he's also exceedingly funny. Samuel Weller represents good sense—he is an angel in London with an accent.”


“As the famous Rachmaninoff melody reaches its height, its greatest pride, on a high E flat—the mingling of major and minor, confidence and self-questioning, is at its most intense.”

ABOUT LOVE AND MARRIAGE—from Damned Welcome: Aesthetic Realism Maxims by Eli Siegel

DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE? Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson

Eli Siegel. A person should be interested in pleasure, but a person should also be interested in the effect she or he has on another person….Is it possible to have ecstasy and self-respect?

Contri. $10

Friday, June 16, 2006

Mark your calendars now! - August 13 & August 23

Mark your calendars now!
Early reservations are highly recommended.

Sun., Aug. 13, at 2:30 pm & Wed., Aug. 23, at 7:30 pm
--2 full screenings

"Film--& 'The Art of Enjoying Justice!'"

Ken Kimmelman, President, Imagery Film, Ltd.
& two-time Emmy-winner,
Speaks on & shows 5 of his short films--

Including his new film--of Eli Siegel's prize-winning poem

"Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana"


The 1968 documentary of Eli Siegel teaching an actual
Aesthetic Realism class (first broadcast on WNET, Ch. 13)

"People Are Trying to Put Opposites Together"

Click here for flyer

Aesthetic Realism Foundation
141 Greene Street, NYC 10012

Reservations: 212.777.4490

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Aesthetic Realism Online Library

You can now read chapters from books about the philosophy of Aesthetic Realism founded by the poet and critic, Eli Siegel on the Aesthetic Realism Online Library. For example, the chapter in which Eli Siegel speaks about the work of William Carlos Williams, and what Williams said after the lecture, is online! Articles and Reviews about Aesthetic Realism and by Eli Siegel beginning in the 1930's are there for you to see.

There are many poems by Mr. Siegel, as well as translations of poems with Notes by Mr. Siegel about the poems. There are poems by La Fontaine, Hugo, Verlaine, deMusset, Baudelaire, Catullus, and so many more! Look under Poetry.

And lectures that appeared in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known are also online, as well as current issues of this periodical.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Events in December at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation

Come to these great presentations during December!

Aesthetic Realism Public Seminar on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 pm

Consultants Derek Mali, Bruce Blaustein, Joseph Meglino

Dramatic Presentation on Saturday, December 17th at 8:00 pm


Sung and commented on by performers from the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company

What can we learn from such beloved carols as “Joy to the World!,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night”?


Eli Siegel. Any situation in this world can be accompanied by ill will or good will. Two married people often tell each other in a quiet, elegant way, “You deceived me.” …Criticism, which is not ill will, should take the place of ill will.


“There is a certain relation between this, one of the most famous plays of Elizabethan or Jacobean drama, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Giles Overreach, the most famous of his kind of goer-after-money, represents villainy unrelenting; and he has a bad ending. Along with all his sharpness, there is, likewise, something stupid. The only way villainy will ever be got rid of is if people honestly can see it as stupid.”

And there is more on these presentations which are entertaining, educating, and a good time!
Hope to see you!