Friends of Aesthetic Realism
       Countering the Lies
“It’s a lie, and not a well told one at that.
  It grins out like a copper dollar.”

                  —Abraham Lincoln

Statement by Ernest DeFilippis, Aesthetic Realism Consultant

As to the ridiculous lies about “worship” and individuality, Mr. DeFilippis writes: I want to counter a lie from a self-styled “former member who has chosen to remain anonymous” who writes about Eli Siegel as “demanding to be worshipped and robbing people of their individuality.”

That is a lie. Never, and I mean Never! in any of the 5 years of classes I attended with him, or in any of the tape recorded lectures by Mr. Siegel I’ve heard, or in any of his writings, was there even a trace—a look, a tone, a word—Nothing!, that showed Eli Siegel “demand[ed] to be worshipped.” I hate it! Mr. Siegel always insisted that people be critical of what he said, ask questions, give Aesthetic Realism the most rigorous intellectual scrutiny—ask, Is it true?

And the idea that Mr. Siegel “robb[ed me] of [my] individuality”—who the hell is this “Anonymous” talking about? I was an individual before I studied Aesthetic Realism and I’m an individual now. I’ve seen the principles of Aesthetic Realism are true with my individual mind, my individual eyes, and I’ve seen this for over thirty-two happy, intellectually stirring years. I’m very proud of that fact.

Eli Siegel earned every bit of my high opinion of him, and the more I study his work, see what he saw about the world, art and the self, the higher my opinion is. I saw his honesty, his good will, his unwavering desire to know. With each discussion about a person’s life, every lecture, whether about economics, history, the arts and sciences, his purpose was to be fair to the person, subject or thing he was looking at and have it be seen truly by others. As he spoke to me about how I saw women, my family, all people, he encouraged respect and kindness in me, had me see what it was I most wanted: to know and like the world. Excitement and self-respect are mine. Individuality—I’ve got it big time!

Yes, Eli Siegel is worthy of huge respect and yes, huge gratitude. He deserves nothing less. As I said, he earned it! And no persons, “anonymous” or otherwise, who are angry they cannot look down on Mr. Siegel and Aesthetic Realism and have the Aesthetic Realism Foundation under their thumbs, can change that beautiful fact!

  • Read statements by many individual men and women
  • Reviews from the NY Times Book Review, Saturday Review, Library Journal, Harlem Times, Popular Photography, and more
  • The poetry by Eli Siegel, so greatly respected by William Carlos Williams and many others
  • Read lectures by Eli Siegel on subjects as diverse as literature, love, & economics
  • What is learned in classes taught by Ellen Reiss

  • A Little Anthology of Comments (Some Funny We Hope) on Further Misrepresentations.

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    Statements by Friends of Aesthetic Realism

    Barbara Allen
    Frances Amello
    Jerry Amello
    Christopher Balchin
    Mara Bennici
    David Berger
    Alice Bernstein
    Rachel J. Bernstein
    Barbara Buehler
    Gina Buffone
    Beverly Sue Burk
    Maureen Butler
    Jeffrey Carduner
    Margot Carpenter
    Lori & Robert Colavito
    Albert Corvino
    Nicholas Corvino
    Henry D'Amico
    Matthew D’Amico
    Ernest DeFilippis
    Vincent DiPietro
    Carol Driscoll
    Donita Ellison
    Anne Fielding
    Lorraine Galkowski, RN
    Pamela Goren
    Edward Green
    Avi Gvili
    Ames Huntting
    Mark Lale
    Dale Laurin
    Rose Levy
    Timothy Lynch
    Lorraine Mahoney, RN
    Derek Mali
    Glenn Mariano
    Haroldo Mauro Jr.
    Joseph Meglino
    Pauline Meglino
    Allan Michael
    Marvin Mondlin
    Robert Murphy
    Michael J. Nadeau
    Meryl Nietsch-Cooperman
    Ruth Oron
    Arnold Perey, PhD
    Lauren Phillips
    Jack Plumstead
    Maria Plumstead
    Rosemary Plumstead
    Rev. Wayne Plumstead
    Marcia Rackow
    Zvia Ratz
    Ann Richards
    Anthony C. Romeo
    Leila Rosen
    Rhonda Rosenthal
    Sally Ross
    Claudia Senatore
    Sheldon Silverman
    Jeffrey Sosinsky, MD
    Barbara Spetly McClung
    Joseph Spetly
    Faith K. Stern
    John Stern
    Arlene Sulkis
    Devorah Tarrow
    Jaime R. Torres, DPM
    Dennis L. Tucker
    Francine Weber
    Steve Weiner
    Miriam Weiss
    Carrie Wilson

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