It Times Take – a Turn

Sara Ahmed
Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others

The sentence arrests:

It times take, but this work of inhabitance does take place. [p. 11]

It evokes a double take because of the interference of the idiomatic “it takes time”. But if “times” is a verb then we get the timing of the “take”. The laying down of rhythms. Indeed the context suggests such:

In stretching myself out, moving homes for me is coming to inhabit spaces, coming to embody them, where my body and the rooms in which it gathers — sitting, sleeping, writing, acting as it does, in this room and that room — cease to be distinct. It times take, but this work of inhabitance does take place. It is a process of becoming intimate with where one is: an intimacy that feels like inhabiting a secret room that is concealed from the view of others. Loving one’s home is not about being fixed into a place, but rather it is about becoming part of a space where one has expanded one’s body. [p. 11]

But the temptation is there to multiply “take”. But as we read on several pages later, we understand the singleness:

We then come to “have a line,” which might mean a specific “take” on the world, a set of views and viewing points, as well as a route through the contours of the world, which gives our world its own contours. So we follow the lines, and in following them we become committed to “what” they lead us to as well as “where” they take us. [p. 17]

This passage leads me to turn back and understand the singleness of “take” not as a “taken” but a “taking” or even a “to be taking”.

And so for day 2492

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