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 Steve Weiner, Computer Specialist & Union Shop Steward

As to the lies about persons' being discouraged from attending college: While I have studied Aesthetic Realism, I graduated with a BA in Communications from Hunter College, received a certificate in Labor Studies from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and received a second BA in Labor Studies from the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland. Never once was I discouraged in any way from pursuing any of these degrees.  

As to the statement about being "watched constantly and checked up on," I have a confession to make: I do ask other persons who study Aesthetic Realism such questions as "How are you feeling?" and "What did you do this weekend?"  As to the "constant" business—I'm not sure about. Since I hold a full-time job, am a union shop steward for over one hundred workers, president of my SoHo coop, an avid cyclist, take part in many campaigns for social justice, it would be difficult to "constantly" check up on other people and be checked up by them. Then again, I ask those questions of friends, relatives, and co-workers who DON'T study Aesthetic Realism. And if I'm not mistaken, this is what millions of Americans do every day who never heard of Aesthetic Realism.  

As to the statement about constantly being plugged for money: I receive ONE fundraising appeal from the Aesthetic Realism Foundation a year. I am very happy to contribute to it because of the great good Aesthetic Realism has brought to my life. Meanwhile, I receive many appeals in a year from such organizations as Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, Witness for Peace, and others.   Perhaps the attacker should begin another website to "expose" these organizations!

As to the statement about estrangements between family members, I will simply quote what my mother, Lillian Weiner, who once studied Aesthetic Realism herself but no longer does so, wrote to me on a recent birthday: "I am so proud of the person you have become.   Aesthetic Realism and Mr. Siegel taught you well. I love you very much."


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  • 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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