Lynette Abel  / Aesthetic Realism & Life

Here I write about what I have learned from Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by American philosopher and poet Eli Siegel.

       In newpaper articles and in publicly-presented papers, I have written about personal and national concerns and their relation.  And here too, are some current articles written by friends and colleagues about issues affecting America and the world today, published in various newspapers throughout the country. 

       I live in New York City and love it here.  When I was 23, I began to study the education I write of on this website.  For instance, how a person is related to everything else--and the place of art in understanding this--is outlined in the principle "The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites." (See the Aesthetic Realism  Foundation online library and biographical information about Eli Siegel.)  A current schedule of upcoming classes, seminars, and special events can be found on the Foundation's Calendar.

     It was the greatest pleasure and richest life experience to have attended Aesthetic Realism classes given by Eli Siegel in the years from 1973 to 1978. I have selected to include here reports of some of those classes --of extemporaneous talks he gave on a wide diversity of subjects--on literature, music, the social sciences, humor, national ethics, economics, the human self, and so much more. 

     Today, my education continues in professional classes taught each week by Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, Ellen Reiss, whom I respect for her honesty, scholarship, and great kindness.

Special Presentations of Aesthetic Realism

"Power & Grace in Music, with a Note on Sincerity" from a Music: Aesthetic Realism
           presentation of October 26, 1975 given by Paul Abel 
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In 1946, Paul Abel began his career as an airline pilot. Several years later in 1949, Mr. Abel received his Master's degree in Music at Syracuse University, where he was on the faculty and taught voice.  Then in 1969, he began to study Aesthetic Realism in New York City in classes with its founder, Eli Siegel.  In 1975 he taught voice, using the Aesthetic Realism point of view.  This is the point of view of the essay presented here. What Mr. Abel sees about Verdi's Rigoletto, I believe, adds importantly to its beauty and value.--Editor

From Rock 'n' Roll, the Opposites, &
 Our Greatest Hopes—A Celebration!

"Anyone Who Had a Heart" by Burt Bachrach and Hal David, sung by Carrie Wilson.   I'm proud to be one of the backup singers along with Meryl Nietsch- Cooperman & Ann Richards.  To see it as it appears on YouTube, click here

To hear "Carol of the Drum" or "Little Drummer Boy" by Harry Simeone, Katherine K. Davis, and Henry Onorati, performed  December 2011 by the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company as part of the Special Event "The Beauty and Urgency of Justice," click here.

Timothy Lynch Represents America

This is the title of issue 1924 of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.  It tells of the life of Timothy Lynch, my colleague and dear friend, one of the important men ever to have lived, American union leader, and actor with the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Co.

Timothy LynchIn her courageous, beautiful commentary, editor Ellen Reiss writes:

"Timothy Lynch, I am immensely grateful to say, was my husband. What he stood for and fought for--in relation to both unions and Aesthetic Realism--is what America needs most, needs desperately. And so there is the title of this issue: Timothy Lynch Represents America. Here, the word represents has two meanings, which are connected: Timothy's work as a union leader was to represent people, speak and fight for them, and he did that greatly. Further, what he saw in his study of Aesthetic Realism--about economics, art, history, and his own life--is what can bring to the people of our land the justice and happiness they're thirsting for." To read whole issue click here.

See the moving, beautiful, funny, deep video of Timothy Lynch as singer, actor, person. Click here.

Reports of Classes Given by Eli Siegel

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Freedom Is with Imagination  by Paul Abel

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Instinct and Mme de Sevigne,"

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"People Leave Each Other in Poetry

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Freedom and Order in Poetry" 

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"It Is, As It's Elsewhere

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli SiegelThe Miracle at Verdun, a play by Hans Chlumberg, discussed by Eli Siegel

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Words Are Everywhere: Comedy and Tragedy Are Two of These" 

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Presence and Absence: A Consideration of the Arts and Sciences"

Ornament for L. Abel, Associate of Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel"Shakespeare's Interesting"

  Aesthetic Realism Seminars

Ornament for L. AbelThe Fight between Boredom and Awareness in a Woman's Mind
       Discusses the life and work of Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor in FDR's administration 
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Ornament for L. AbelWhat's the Big Thing Women Need to Know about Power?
     Discusses the 19th century novel, Emma by Jane Austen 
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Ornament for L. AbelWhat's More Important: to Appreciate Rightly or Be Praised?
     Discusses the film The Sound of Music
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Ornament for L. AbelBeauty and the Beast; or, the Ethics of a Fairy Tale   

Ornament for L. AbelHow Can Men and Women Be Sure of Themselves?
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Ornament for L. AbelDespite Achievement & Praise--Why Can a Woman Feel Empty?
     Discusses portions of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 
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Ornament for L. AbelKindness is Criticism   Includes commentary on Jane Addams 

Ornament for L. AbelThe Inability to Appreciate--What Does it Come From?
     Discusses the short story "The Garden Party," by Katherine Mansfield 
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Ornament for L. AbelA Woman's Dissatisfaction: Can It Be Beautiful?
     Commentary on the character Beatrice from William Makepeace
     Thackerary's Henry Esmond    Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 

Ornament for L. Abel  In Trying to Be Important, What Mistakes Do People Make?
        Discusses aspects of the novel Framley Parsonage, by Anthony Trollope 
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Ornament for L. AbelWoman's Determination: What Makes It Right or Wrong?  Page 1 Page 2 |Page 3 

Ornament for L. AbelWhy Are Women Disappointed--& Do They Ever Want to Be?
  With some comment on the 1913 novel Pollyanna by Eleanor  H. Porter 
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   The Ordinary Doom 

By Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism 

 I am glad to reprint this important essay, The Ordinary Doom, in which Eli Siegel explains two large matters: why people feel unexpressed and not understood.

Other Aesthetic Realism Resources

The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method 
The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company
Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism: A Biography
Friends of Aesthetic Realism—Countering the Lies 
Photography Education: the Aesthetic Realism Viewpoint 
The Terrain Gallery / Aesthetic Realism Foundation
Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology
Alice Bernstein, Aesthetic Realism Associate
Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, on poet Robert Burns
About Eli Siegel
Eli Siegel's 'Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?'
Self and World: An Explanation of Aesthetic Realism
Ruth Oron, Essayist, Aesthetic Realism Associate

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