The trouble with ‘looking’

… after all I listened and talked but that was not all I did in knowing at any present time when I was stating anything what anything was. I was also looking, and that could not be entirely left out. The trouble with including looking … was that in regard to human beings looking inevitability carried in its train realizing movements and expressions and as such forced me into recognizing resemblances, and so forced remembering and in forcing remembering caused confusion of present with past and future time.

Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons


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