Lynette Abel  / Aesthetic Realism & Life

Lynette Abel
      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 Fdn'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 respect for her honesty, scholarship, and great kindness.

From Rock 'n' Roll, the Opposites, & Our Greatest Hopes—A Celebration! 

"Anyone Who Had a Heart" by Burt Bachrach and Hal David, 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

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.

Timothy Lynch Represents America

This is the title of issue 1924 of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.  It tells of the life of Timothy Lynch, my colleague and dear friend, one of the important men ever to have lived, American union leader, and actor with the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Co.

Timothy LynchIn her courageous, beautiful commentary, editor Ellen Reiss writes:

"Timothy Lynch, I am immensely grateful to say, was my husband. What he stood for and fought for--in relation to both unions and Aesthetic Realism--is what America needs most, needs desperately. And so there is the title of this issue: Timothy Lynch Represents America. Here, the word represents has two meanings, which are connected: Timothy's work as a union leader was to represent people, speak and fight for them, and he did that greatly. Further, what he saw in his study of Aesthetic Realism--about economics, art, history, and his own life--is what can bring to the people of our land the justice and happiness they're thirsting for." To read whole issue click here.

To see the moving, beautiful, funny, deep 40-minute video of Timothy Lynch as singer, actor, person--part of the Memorial Event, click here.

Special Presentations of Aesthetic Realism

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Power & Grace in Music, with a Note on Sincerity" from a Music: Aesthetic Realism
           presentation of October 26, 1975 given by Paul Abel 
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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

Reports of Aesthetic Realism Classes

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Freedom Is with Imagination," Nevertheless Poetry class given by Eli Siegel
           September 29, 1971. It includes a discussion of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, including his 
           great poem  "Christabel," and Homer's Iliad, the translations of Richmond Lattimore, 
           and Alexander Pope.  This is a report written by Paul Abel, musician, retired airline pilot, 
           and my father.  He studied Aesthetic Realism in classes with Eli Siegel in the1970s.  I am 
           grateful to him for introducing me to this important education.  He told me recently, how 
           glad he is that his report could be published here on this web site. 

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Instinct and Mme de Sevigne,"a report by Lynette Abel on a class given by Eli Siegel 
           December 11, 1964, one in a series he gave on instinct. 

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"People Leave Each Other in Poetry," two classes given by Eli Siegel February 14 and 21, 
          1968 about difficulty in love, the leaving of one person by another.  Includes discussion of 
          John Keat's "La Belle Dame Sans Merci."

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Freedom and Order in Poetry" given February 4, 1970. In it, Eli Siegel discusses,
          among many other poems, Vachel Lindsay's "The Congo." 

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"It Is, As It's Elsewhere,"  given June 17, 1970 by Eli Siegel about the meaning of poetry; 
          includes discussion of Carl Sandburg's poem "To a Contemporary Bunkshooter."

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli SiegelThe Miracle at Verdun, a play by Hans Chlumberg, discussed by Eli Siegel April 3, 1977 

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Words Are Everywhere: Comedy and Tragedy Are Two of These," was given 
          March 24, 1971. Eli Siegel discusses the1924 play Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey 

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Presence and Absence: A Consideration of the Arts and Sciences,"given February 21, 
          1969.  Eli Siegel discusses the writing of  French author Constantin Francois Comte de 

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"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
Essays by Lynette Abel

Ornament for L. AbelThe Fight between Boredom and Awareness in a Woman's Mind
      Discusses the life and work of Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor in FDR's administration 
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Ornament for L. AbelWhat'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. AbelWhat's More Important: to Appreciate Rightly or Be Praised?
      Discusses the film The Sound of Music
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Ornament for L. AbelBeauty and the Beast; or, the Ethics of a Fairy Tale
      Excerpt from an Aesthetic Realism Seminar, with a discussion of  the Madame Leprince
      De Beaumont story of this beloved fairy tale, translated by Ronald Duncan. 

Ornament for L. AbelHow Can Men and Women Be Sure of Themselves?
      Discusses the short story "The Second Choice," by Theodore Dreiser 
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Ornament for L. AbelDespite 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. AbelKindness is Criticism
      Includes commentary on the life and work of Jane Addams 

Ornament for L. AbelThe 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. AbelA Woman's Dissatisfaction: Can It Be Beautiful?
      Commentary on the character Beatrice from William Makepeace Thackerary's Henry
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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. AbelWoman's Determination: What Makes It Right or Wrong?
       Includes discussion of aspects of the life and work of Susan Travers, who showed courage 
      and determination to defeat Fascism, in her work as a military driver in the North African 
      Campaign during World War II Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 

Ornament for L. AbelWhy 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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The Ordinary Doom 
By Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism 

 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. 

Books, Poetry, and Other Things of Note:

Ornament for L. Abel A poem I have loved for many years is The Moments between the Moments, written to
      Anne Fielding by Sheldon Kranz.   It encourages with beautiful imagination and conviction
      what Aesthetic Realism teaches is the deepest desire of every person: like of the world.

Ornament for L. AbelRead an excerpt from a commentary by Ellen Reiss, who is the Aesthetic Realism
      Chairman of Education, titled:  Jobs, Discontent, and Beauty about Robert Burns

Ornament for L. AbelOne of the great things  I had the privilege to hear was Eli Siegel's discussion of 
      Joseph  Conrad's famous story Heart of Darkness.  You can read a fine report of it on 
      Michael Palmer's website

Ornament for L. AbelIf you care for New York City, its people, buildings, bridges, museums, stadiums--its
     culture and beauty, you'll love this new website titled Aesthetic Realism Looks at NYC!
     Have fun perusing it! 

Ornament for L. AbelI love the film "Brushstrokes," produced by the United Nations. This animated film by
     Award-winner Ken Kimmelman, shows through humor the ridiculousness of prejudice.
     It "is based
on the Aesthetic Realism understanding of racism where it begins: the contempt
     for difference which needs to be understood for prejudice to end." To see it on YouTube
     click here.

Ornament for L. AbelThe Aesthetic Realism Online Library, containing chapters from Self and World;
      poetry, essays, and lectures by Eli Siegel

Ornament for L. AbelGwe: Young Man of New Guinea, by Arnold Perey, anthropologist, and Aesthetic Realism  Consultant.  This book is important for many reasons.  One, is that it is a  beautifully felt and written novel against racism.  Also, I recommend Arnold Perey's important article titled Teaching Indian Culture in the US.   He says about it:  "In this article I say how Aesthetic Realism fights prejudice and makes for respect and kindness, even wherethere has been great contempt."

Ornament for L. AbelA website I recommend--particularly  to persons interested in the history of World
     War I  is Rob Ruggenberg's Heritage of the Great War.  He has, perhaps, the finest
     collection of photographs from that period.  I care very much for how he writes 
     about the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae.  And I'm proud to have on this
     site my report of a talk Eli Siegel gave on the play The Miracle at Verdun.

Ornament for L. AbelA book, needed throughout our country, which meets the hopes of people on a
      raging issue is : Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism by Alice Bernstein &

Ornament for L. AbelSee  "Aesthetic Realism, Ethics, and Literature" and the blog of artists, and
      Aesthetic Realism consultants, Chaim & Dorothy Koppelman Art & the Opposites.
      And one of the most moving things I know, is Mrs. Koppelman's paper on Joseph
      Mallord William TurnerThe Fighting Temeraire by J.M.W.Turner

Ornament for L. AbelTo see what Aesthetic Realism explains about the relation of art and life, see Sargent's
     "Madame X"; or, Assertion and Retreat in Woman"

Ornament for L. AbelThe Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company, presents talks by Eli Siegel, founder of the 
      philosophy Aesthetic Realism, on plays such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Othello and
      A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sheridan’s School for Scandal, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House
      and George Kelly’s The Flattering Word."

Ornament for L. AbelReviews by Eli Siegel and more in Friends of Aesthetic Realism  This includes
     lectures by Mr. Siegel in issues of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli SiegelSelected News Articles and Letters Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel
Commentary on What Aesthetic Realism Explains about 
Economics, Unions, and more

"What Does a Person Deserve?" The Palladium Times, Oswego, NY 

"World should be owned by people living in it" The Record, Troy, NY

Ornament for L. Abel"What the Labor Movement Needs to Learn from the UAW-Volkswagen Vote"
       by Matthew D'Amico

 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 
Photography Education: the Aesthetic Realism Viewpoint 
The Terrain Gallery / Aesthetic Realism Foundation
Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology
Alice Bernstein, 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

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