Aesthetic Realism & Nature by Eli Siegel
“Suppose nature does make for the wild things—a lynx, a wolf, a lion, an elephant—and also makes for a professor of Latin philology. Shall we say that nature can’t?…Nature is the most various thing in the world….The purpose of nature is to understand everything, including things in apartments in cities, in subways.”
How Can You Honestly Approve of Yourself?
Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson
“Do you think, Mrs. Randall, if you liked people five percent more, it would be good for you?” —Eli Siegel
Wildness & Precision in Tommy Dorsey’s “Well, Git It”
By Michael Palmer
“In its all-out boldness and exactitude it’s a criticism of a contained, cool, and also bland way I had….That opening sounds wild. But what’s there? The trumpet plays the same basic pattern four times—until, on the fifth, it takes off in a surprising direction. It’s both free and terrifically precise.”