Can your eyes sense the difference between looking and watching? Do your cone cells change the stage lighting and color sheets; do you bat your lashes for one but not the other? Our trusted friends at Merriam-Webster provide a few definition routes:
• to ascertain by the use of one’s eyes
• to exercise the power of vision upon
• to have a specified outlook
• to keep vigil as a devotional exercise
• to be attentive or vigilant
• to keep someone or something under close observation
However comforting we may find it, any textbook definition is simply unsuited for the Brando experience — simultaneously correct are all and none of the above, and at times it’s unusually freeing to toss both the dictionary and thesaurus out the window. All one can do is convey a screaming-at-the-bottom-of-the-stairs happy birthday to Mr. Marlon Brando.