Ways You Can Study

Aesthetic Realism


These exciting evenings are a completely new combination of education and entertainment! You’ll learn about the biggest matters in your own life through wonderful talks that Eli Siegel gave—on love and the visual arts, economics and comedy, and so much more. Here are just a few titles: “Jane Eyre; or, This Girl Had Good Will,” “Humor and Strangeness,” “Sculpture: Weight as Lightness,” “Ownership, Strikes, Unions,” and “Poetry and Love.”

You’ll also hear authorities in their fields—including musicians, painters, architects—present vivid examples of how the opposites that are together in the arts explain people’s most immediate questions. And in the dramatic reenactments of the lessons Mr. Siegel gave, you’ll hear an unprecedented understanding of people’s feelings—our hopes and fears. These lessons are the basis of the consultations that take place now.

Upcoming Dramatic Presentation—


Is the Everyday World Dramatic?

The Strange & the Ordinary; or, Why People Like Mystery Stories
By Eli Siegel

“One of the things that the mystery story has done is to make every object important. Since you can’t find this villain without knowing what the oatmeal is doing there, naturally this is great day for oatmeal. There is a terrific audience for the TV mystery. The desire to see what is wrong, what is terrifying, goes on. And there is suspense—that moment between what is good and what is bad, what is known and what is not known.”

Do You Think You Deserve to Be Trusted?
Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson

“A crucial area as to trust is this: when you say you want someone to be happy, do you mean it, or are you putting on a show?” —Eli Siegel

Louis PrimaFor & Against in Louis Prima’s “Just a Gigolo”
By Michael Palmer

“Prima is satirizing himself. Meanwhile, he does it in such an outward way, accompanied by such a lively beat, that we feel energized, not depressed.”

Contri. $10.

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Featured image: Edward Hopper, “Nighthawks,” detail