Thoreau’s Walden & Honesty
By Eli Siegel
“The question in this book is: What is it to be honest about oneself and the historical, the contemporary world—and also, how does one look at a sunrise on grass truly? Perhaps the chief reason Walden should be read is that in reading it one is expedited in the greatest hope that one has: the hope to be honest.”
Vanity: What It Is & What It Can Do
Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson
“Vanity is that which tells you prematurely that you’ve got all the evidence and you’re completely right….’I want this, therefore it must be right.’ That’s one of the many speeches of vanity.” —Eli Siegel.
“In Renoir’s painting, as a man and woman embrace, you get a sense that they are part of an unlimited, rich world.”
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