Our Lives, Literature, & Evolution
Where: Aesthetic Realism Foundation
141 Greene St.
212-777-4490 Price: $10 Suggested Contribution
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A Dramatic Presentation of Aesthetic Realism, featuring Eli Siegel’s wonderful lecture “The Short Story: Point & Ripple,” which has discussion of Defoe, Balzac, Twain, and has this: “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.”
Also, Dr. Arnold Perey on “The Aesthetics of Evolution,” in which he says: “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’ll see the front feet of large dinosaurs which also have five digits.” And more!