Lynette Abel /Aesthetic Realism & Life

Here I write about what I have learned from Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by American philosopher and poet Eli Siegel.

       In newpaper articles and in publicly-presented papers, I have written about personal and national concerns and their relation.  And here too, are some current articles written by friends and colleagues about issues affecting America and the world today, published in various newspapers throughout the country. 

       I live in New York City and love it here.  When I was 23, I began to study the education I write of on this website.  For instance, how a person is related to everything else--and the place of art in understanding this--is outlined in the principle "The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites." (See the Aesthetic Realism  Foundation online library and biographical information about Eli Siegel.)  A current schedule of upcoming classes, seminars, and special events can be found on the Foundation's Calendar.

     It was the greatest pleasure and richest life experience to have attended Aesthetic Realism classes given by Eli Siegel in the years from 1973 to 1978. I have selected to include here reports of some of those classes --of extemporaneous talks he gave on a wide diversity of subjects--on literature, music, the social sciences, humor, national ethics, economics, the human self, and so much more. 

     Today, my education continues in professional classes taught each week by Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, Ellen Reiss, whom I love and respect for her honesty, scholarship, and great kindness.

Everyone’s Confusion—& Music

This is the title of issue 1938 of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.  It is based on this principle stated by Eli Siegel “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves,” and includes a section from Mr. Siegel's work "Questions for Everyone."

In her commentary, editor Ellen Reiss writes:

"The section included here is much about a pair of opposites that are together beautifully, mightily, in all good art: the known and the unknown. Yet these opposites trouble people immensely in life. And so, by means of introduction, I’ll comment on some of the tumult about them." To read whole issue click here.

From "Rock 'n' Roll, the Opposites, &
 Our Greatest Hopes—A Celebration!"
and Other Musical Events

Kevin Fennell who is one of the best rock 'n' roll writers and critics today has written about Little Stevie Wonder's "Fingertips, Part II," and it is such an exciting paper, with musical examples throughout. In it, we see, how art and life are in a dynamic, inextricable relation.   "Anyone Who Had a Heart" by Burt Bachrach and Hal David, is sung by Carrie Wilson.   I'm proud to be one of the backup singers along with Meryl Nietsch- Cooperman, & Ann Richards.  To see it as it appears on YouTube, click here.  I'm glad to have written about how the intimate and the wide are in the Beatles' great song "I Saw Her Standing There."

To hear "Carol of the Drum" or "Little Drummer Boy" by Harry Simeone, Katherine K. Davis, and Henry Onorati, performed  December 2011 by the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company as part of the Special Event "The Beauty and Urgency of Justice," click here.

Reports of Aesthetic Realism Classes Given by Eli Siegel

         "Freedom Is with Imagination  by Paul Abel

         "Instinct and Mme de Sevigne,"

         "People Leave Each Other in Poetry

         "Freedom and Order in Poetry" 

         "It Is, As It's Elsewhere

          The Miracle at Verdun, a play by Hans Chlumberg, discussed by Eli Siegel

          "Words Are Everywhere: Comedy and Tragedy Are Two of These" 

          "Presence and Absence: A Consideration of the Arts and Sciences"

          "Shakespeare's Interesting"In this talk, given December 9, 1970, Eli Siegel uses an 18th century edition of the play Hamlet, with critics of the time, and E.M.W.Tillyard's Shakespeare's Problem Plays.

  Aesthetic Realism Seminars

Ornament for L. Abel The Fight between Boredom and Awareness in a Woman's Mind
       Discusses the life & work of Frances Perkins, Sec. of Labor in FDR's administration.
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Ornament for L. Abel What's the Big Thing Women Need to Know about Power?
      Discusses the 19th century novel, Emma by Jane Austen 
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Ornament for L. Abel What's More Important: to Appreciate Rightly or Be Praised?
      Discusses the film The Sound of Music
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Ornament for L. Abel Beauty and the Beast; or, the Ethics of a Fairy Tale   

Ornament for L. Abel How Can Men and Women Be Sure of Themselves?
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Ornament for L. Abel Despite Achievement & Praise--Why Can a Woman Feel Empty?
       Discusses portions of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 
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Ornament for L. Abel Kindness is Criticism   Includes commentary on Jane Addams 

Ornament for L. Abel The Inability to Appreciate--What Does it Come From?
       Discusses the short story "The Garden Party," by Katherine Mansfield 
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Ornament for L. Abel A Woman's Dissatisfaction: Can It Be Beautiful?
      Commentary on the character Beatrice from William Makepeace
      Thackerary's Henry Esmond    Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 

Ornament for L. Abel  In Trying to Be Important, What Mistakes Do People Make?
       Discusses aspects of the novel Framley Parsonage, by Anthony Trollope 
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Ornament for L. Abel Woman's Determination: What Makes It Right or Wrong?  Page 1 Page 2 |Page 3 

Ornament for L. Abel Why Are Women Disappointed--& Do They Ever Want to Be?
   With some comment on the 1913 novel Pollyanna by Eleanor  H. Porter 
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Ornament for L. Abel  The Intimate & Wide in the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There"

I am glad to reprint this important essay, The Ordinary Doom, in which Eli Siegel explains two large matters: why people feel unexpressed and not understood.

Special Presentations of Aesthetic Realism

"Power & Grace in Music, with a Note on Sincerity" from a Music: Aesthetic Realism presentation of October 26, 1975 given by Paul Abel       Page 1 Page 2

In 1946, Paul Abel began his career as an airline pilot. Several years later in 1949, Mr. Abel received his Master's degree in Music at Syracuse University, where he was on the faculty and taught voice.  Then in 1969, he began to study Aesthetic Realism in New York City in classes with its founder, Eli Siegel.  In 1975 he taught voice, using the Aesthetic Realism point of view.  This is the point of view of the essay presented here. What Mr. Abel sees about Verdi's Rigoletto, I believe, adds importantly to its beauty and value. --Editor

Other Aesthetic Realism Resources

The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method 
The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company
Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism: A Biography
Friends of Aesthetic Realism—Countering the Lies
Michael Palmer, writer on life and sports 

The Aesthetic Realism Online Library
Len Bernstein, Photography Education: the Aesthetic Realism Viewpoint 
The Terrain Gallery / Aesthetic Realism Foundation
Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology
Alice Bernstein, writer, Aesthetic Realism Associate
Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, on poet Robert Burns
About Eli Siegel
Eli Siegel's 'Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?'
Self and World: An Explanation of Aesthetic Realism
Anne Fielding, Actor, Director of the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Co.
Ruth Oron, Essayist, Aesthetic Realism Associate
Nancy Huntting, Aesthetic Realism Consultant
Kevin Fennell, writer, singer with the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Co.
Leila Rosen, HS English Educator, Aesthetic Realism Associate
Alan Shapiro, jazz musician, Aesthetic Realism Associate

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