The Short Story: Point & Ripple by Eli Siegel
—discussing works by Defoe, Balzac, Twain, & more
“By its very nature, art says something about the goodness and badness of the world. There are three things that stories say: 1) humanity can be good; 2) humanity can be bad; 3) humanity can be confused….
The short story is supposed to have a point and, too, is supposed to ripple out. In fact, we can imagine a good short story being like a stone thrown into a lake in 1906: it’s still rippling out.”
How Much Should I Care for Things?
Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson
“Do you think it is wise to care for things? It does take away time from yourself, you know.” —Eli Siegel
The Aesthetics of Evolution
By anthropologist Arnold Perey
“Darwin’s theory of evolution is a oneness of continuity and discontinuity. Look at your own hand; there is nothing quite like it in the rest of creation. Yet, go to a natural history museum and you will see the front feet of large dinosaurs which also have five digits.”