Laughter Was Given to Us by the World
Looking at two fables by La Fontaine, Eli Siegel said:
“If we see anything that is out of shape, seems to lack form, seems wrong, and because we see it truly we give it form—there is the idea of humor or laughter.”
Are You Afraid to Be Serious?
Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson
“A person can have two smiles: One says, ‘People are foolish again!’ and the other comes because he’s really seeing something he likes. Do you think it’s necessary to distinguish?” –Eli Siegel
“As I studied this 1876 painting, I was moved to see that in it there’s an answer to one of the largest matters in a person’s life: the fight between wanting to manage the world and wanting to be affected by it in a big way.”