Aesthetic Realism and Self-Expression
Miriam Mondlin, Aesthetic Realism Consultant

Aesthetic Realism:
Some Beginning Notes —

is a definitive source for publications about Aesthetic Realism. For example, visit the online library to learn about how this philosophy, founded by Eli Siegel, explains Poetry, to read Reviews written by Mr. Siegel; reviews of his poetry and prose.—Essays on art and life; Books—including chapters from Self and World, the Williams-Siegel Documentary, James and the Children, Children's Guide to Parents and Other Matters and more.  Articles in the press & media about the ideas and principles of Aesthetic Realism in relation to life, economics, love, art, youth and age and Includes WKCR-FM "The World of Art" interview of Eli Siegel.

Reports of Aesthetic Realism

"The Ordinary Doom"
By Eli Siegel

The Economy

On The Family

A Father Seen Anew" by Bruce Blaustein, published in Senior News (Suffolk, New York)

On Anti-Racism

Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism edited by Alice Bernstein

Novel based on Aesthetic Realism:
Gwe, Young Man of New Guinea by Arnold Perey

What Do the World & People Deserve? (On Jacob Riis, Photography & Social Justice by Len Bernstein
Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology by Dr. Arnold Perey
Lynette Abel / Aesthetic Realism and Life
Alice Bernstein, Aesthetic Realism Associate
Ellen Reiss writes on the "criticism" of John Keats
Ellen Reiss, on
poet Robert Burns

About Eli Siegel
Friends of Aesthetic Realism—
Countering the Lies


A big theme of this website is a matter that concerns many people in America —self-expression and what interferes with it.

And I write about one form in particular that has caused a great deal of pain: stuttering. For  I learned the Miriam Mondlin, 2011scientific cause of stuttering from Aesthetic Realism, founded by Eli Siegel, and my stuttering ended — many years ago. As I say in my article reprinted on this website:

There is much written on this subject but the definitive explanation of its cause is in "An Approach to a Philosophy of Self and Disease" in Eli Siegel's Self and World.  "Stuttering," Mr. Siegel writes, "is one of the most conspicuous manifestations of the antagonistic impact of a desire to express, with a desire to withhold." And as he continues, he literally is describing technically what happens when one stutters: "It is the embodiment of inhibition and forwardness; it is the explosive, excessively energetic, excessively repetitious, and excessively denying, bodily symbol of the sudden battle between the centrifugal and centripetal selves." 

I am a consultant on the faculty of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City. I am proud that this article, "How My Stuttering Ended," which was part of the public seminar titled "What Interferes with Your True Expression?" The article has been published on websites about stuttering, including the internationally valued resource: "The Stuttering Homepage" of Minnesota State University, as well as the San Antonio Register and other newspapers. I had the honor to study in classes taught by Mr. Siegel, in which he lectured on the poetry of the world, literature, science, art, music, economics and the questions of the human self. My study continues in classes taught by Ellen Reiss, the Chairman of Aesthetic Realism.

See my article on Aesthetic Realism and the interference with self-expression:"How My Stuttering Ended."

You can read two of my recent articles, which are featured in The Indian Stammering Association's quarterly newsletter, Samvad. May, 2011. The first article, which they titled "Genes and ‘Something Else," is an answer to The indian Stammering Association's request: for my "opinon on neuro-biological aspects of stammering." My second article is about the film, "The King's Speech & An Approach to Stuttering," In the article, I wrote "The film also has me value even more the fact that my own stuttering ended through my study of the philosophy Aesthetic Realism in classes with its founder, poet and critic Eli Siegel. In this article I discuss some aspects of the film: what is presented about stuttering and Logue’s approach to it, and show how it ratifies what I have seen to be Eli Siegel’s definitive explanation of its cause."

    And another article about the usefulness of Aesthetic Realism in the understanding of stuttering by Aesthetic Realism Consultant and Educator, Arnold Perey, Ph.D. The Answer for Our Schools—about a young man who stuttered and because of what he learned in Aesthetic Realism consultations—his stuttering diminished.

Unions, the Economy & Aesthetic Realism

I am also proud to have worked as a staff member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (now UNITE HERE!) for many years. My study of Aesthetic Realism has shown me how vital unions are to the well-being of Americans. Unions have been central in getting people decent wages, health care, job security, safer working conditions. I have seen that when unions are strong, working people are much better off. See the article by Timothy Lynch, who heads Teamsters Local 1205, published in the Star Ledger (Newark, NJ).

      On my website, I also include links to articles about issues affecting people everyday. For example an article by sociologist Devorah Tarrow on seniors and health care and another by fashion executive Bruce Blaustein on fathers and sons.

      And don't miss the new blog, Unions Matter!, where you'll find the latest posts about the meaning and value of unions.

Aesthetic Realism Opposes Racism

I want to tell you about a publication on the subject of racism that in my opinion is the definitive text for how to end racism based on solid, tested, principles.This book— Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism includes Articles Published Nationwide & Abroad by Alice Bernstein & Others and the important early essay of Eli Siegel—"The Equality of Man," first published in 1923. In the introduction, Alice Bernstein writes that Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism "is being published with a sense of urgency and hope; urgency because racism is still rampant in the world; hope, because there is a true, practical, kind, learnable, and yes, even beautiful answer." For more about this new book by Alice Bernstein and how to order it, Click here.

The Aesthetic Realism Foundation is located at 141 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012, (212) 777-4490,

Aesthetic Realism Consultations
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

"The Opposites Theory" by Eli Siegel —
with commentaries by Ellen Reiss—published in the following issues of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known

•  Art & Your Life: The Same Subject
• The Beauty of Art & the Pain about Love
Beauty, Contempt, & Ourselves
The Opposites—in Everyday Confusion & in Art
Prose & Parents
Ugliness, Beauty, & Appreciation
Ugliness & Beauty, Contempt & Art
Spontaneity & Plan—in Art, Ourselves, a Nation
The Weighty & Light—in Ourselves & Art
The Human Drama
Slowness & Speed—in Art & Us!
What Our Lives Are For—& the Moment
The Ease & Difficulty We're Looking For

• What Art Has—& the Fight in Every Person
Art and the Purpose of Our Lives


Aesthetic Realism encourages

The Answer for Our Schools by Arnold Perey, Ph.D,.   —about a young man who stuttered and because of what he learned in Aesthetic Realism consultations—his stuttering diminished.

The high school student, Georges Delong wrote: "I have been able to resolve in large measure my problem regarding stuttering: now it is quite diminished and also I have been able to understand the motive for stuttering.... I hope that... persons who now do not know Aesthetic Realism will come to know it because, believe me, it can resolve millions of problems of people who perhaps now are struggling, perhaps vainly trying to resolve them."

Articles about this Aesthetic Realism question:
"What does a person deserve by being a person?"


"Children must not go hungry in our rich economy!"

Aesthetic Realism & Art
"Does Art Answer the Questions
of our Lives?

An aspect of my self-expression has been as a visual artist. The study of art has been for most of my life, and I've had the pleasure and honor to continue to learn in Aesthetic Realism classes for the visual arts at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in great classes taught by Chaim Koppelman, and the Critical Inquiry by Dorothy Koppelman. I will be putting up some of my paintings and drawings on my website in coming days. Meanwhile, see my Facebook Photo Gallery page.

A talk I gave in the series at the Terrain Gallery "How Art Answers the Questions of Your Life," is here: On Van Gogh's great "Starry Night" — titled: "Can We Be Expansive and Contained Like Van Gogh's Starry Night?


Photo from the film, Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana, by Eli Siegel
”Best U.S. Short”
Avignon/New York Film Festival

Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana"
Directed by Ken Kimmelman,
Emmy award-winning filmmaker

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