Mind & Importance
In this exciting talk, with illustrations from Thackeray, Jane Austen, and the Duchess of Newcastle, Eli Siegel said:
“If you are important because you feel that what’s real is important, that other people can be important, then your importance is good….The wrong thing about being important is that we deny importance elsewhere. We can be as important, if we want to, as the Rocky Mountains, as long as we don’t deny anybody else’s importance.”
Do You Want to Manage or Be Affected?
Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson
“Any pleasure we’re not proud of is that much less pleasure: Mr. Reynolds, do you want to be proud of how someone affects you?” —Eli Siegel
“In Bruegel’s winter scene, snow blankets everything, yet unlike the way I tried to smooth down reality, the snow intensifies the red brick of the houses and shapes of the figures, while at the same time it makes for unity and calm.”