Aesthetic Realism Consultant Nancy Huntting
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Welcome to my website, where I'm glad to bring to people what I've learned from Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by the great American poet and critic Eli Siegel.
I'm proud to have seen that Aesthetic Realism is true: it explains the human mind and the world we are in with new respect and scientific exactness. It enables individual men and women to be fully what they hope to be!
I grew up near Cincinnati, majored in Literature at Denison University and moved to New York City, where I worked for Newsweek magazine and later had an antique store. It was then that I first attended an Aesthetic Realism public seminar. I was electrified by the honesty and scholarship of the speakers and what they were saying about art and life.
What Aesthetic Realism Is
1. The deepest desire of every person is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis.
greatest danger for a person is to have contempt for the world and what
is in it....Contempt can be defined as the lessening of what is
different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it.
3. All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.
"People are longing for criticism, the real thing. Every person, of course, has a seemingly insatiable desire for praise: to be told we’re wonderful, in excelsis, just as we are. Yet we know, even as we’re not clear about it, that there are things we dislike in ourselves, that are bad, that hold us back. We’re aching to hear from another where we need to be better, so that we can be better and meet our own hopes....The criticism people hunger for is criticism that has simultaneously good will and knowledge. That was Eli Siegel’s criticism always and mightily. And it exists in the education of Aesthetic Realism."
—Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, TRO #1937
Listed to the left are some of the talks I've presented at public seminars, and art talks in the Terrain Gallery series "Art Answers the Questions of Your Life!"
And there's more on my Site Map. For instance I spoke with my colleagues at a seminar on "How Can Selfishness & Generosity Make Sense in a Woman's Life?" using the classic novel Manon Lescaut.
The education I'm receiving is what women are yearning for!
Here is, for instance, as Ellen Reiss describes it in her introduction, "one of the great essays of the English-speaking world":
The Everlasting Dilemma of a Girl
First he did praise my beauty, then my speech.
—The Comedy of Errors
Girls have always found it hard to know what they should be liked for. Of course, they have wanted to be liked for how they looked; but suppose they couldn’t feel that how they looked was the same as what they really were? Then there was something missing; and there were incompleteness and pain.
While girls have wanted to be liked “for themselves”—as men have, too—there has been that impelling them to be liked for something else. Both men and women have been in a general conspiracy to like each other for something other and less than themselves, while hoping to be liked for what they were. It seems as if both masculine and feminine persons have not relied on themselves, without some kind of arrangement preceding and standing for them. The married persons who can now say, “I am liked for myself” are, I’m afraid, not so many.
And so a girl in the 13th century “arranged” herself to have the most effect on a man. If successful, she could hardly think it was a victory for herself. If Delicia of the 14th century achieved the love of Hubert—for Delicia had so prepared herself, adorned herself, that the susceptible and ardent Hubert fell, as a small town falls to a large army—could not Delicia, in her 14th-century heart, ask, “Is it me, after all, whom Hubert desires? Is it the Delicia I know?” And if Viviane of Burgundy in the 15th century was courted assiduously and pertinaciously by Evald, overthrown by Viviane, could not Viviane be unsure as to what it was that so had conquered Evald, whether it was really she?...more