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This essay is concerned with the question of the 'distance' and 'proximity' between a view and its description and, in a broader sense, between criticism and the texts of which it speaks. In contrast to the tradition of 'critical distance', I argue for a relationship between words and images that allows for words to move towards objects in a manner which enlivens them. Meaghan Morris describes this, in Identity Anecdotes, as a practice of 'embracing a critical proximity to our objects of studydoi:10.5130/csr.v16i2.1685 fatcat:lwshc4oxmfgxxj7opgu7kdlcyi