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  • Kinfolk_GoingAgainstTheGrain_5_featured
    Issue Thirteen / Essay

    Ever felt like something just doesn’t belong? The world can occasionally make us feel out of place in our own lives, but sometimes being the odd one out brings more joy than you may think.

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  • Imagine, entrance with a view
    Issue Thirteen / Essay

    We don’t scrutinize nature and remark on its flaws, so why not extend that sense of wonder and awe to our fellow humans? Paired with a collection of San Francisco’s oddly shaped shrubs, this essay encourages us to accept the blemishes in the world around us.

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  • Kinfolk_Vol13_WearandTear_FT1
    Issue Thirteen / Essay

    When it comes to clothing, relationships and most other things in life, chasing perfection is pointless. It’s how you flaunt your flaws that matters.

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  • Kinfolk_Vol13_JuliaChildsGuidetoCookingTerribly_FT
    Issue Thirteen / Essay

    Try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.” These words started a culinary coup in the kitchen where, for the first time, we were encouraged to make a mess as well as dinner.

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  • Kinfolk_Vol13_GettingSnippy_FT
    Issue Thirteen / Essay

    A hair stylist can change your life—for better or worse. From childhood bowl cuts to traumatizing over-cuts, sometimes it can be better to take your hairdo into your own hands.

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  • Kinfolk_Vol13_ToTheBitterEnd_FT
    Issue Thirteen / Essay

    Marmalade-making is a maddening pursuit, often ending in gluggy goop, burned kitchen pots and citrus juice stinging sliced thumbs. To some, it’s not worth the fight. For others, losing the battle is half the fun.

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  • Kinfolk_Vol13_TheArtofImprovisation_FT
    Issue Thirteen / Essay

    Sometimes the best creations happen in the limbo between control and chaos, and learning how to harness that energy can help you triumph over life’s unscripted moments.

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  • Kinfolk_Vol13_TwoofaKind_FT
    Issue Thirteen / Essay

    It’s difficult to curate a sock collection when one of each pair always manages to lose itself in the laundry room, but there are ways to keep your mind in order even when your sock drawer isn’t.

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  • Kinfolk_Vol13_ALetterFromLefty_FT
    Issue Thirteen / Essay

    A letter from the left hand to the right.

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  • Kinfolk_12_Whale Songs_Essay-1_ft
    Issue Twelve / Essay

    There’s poetry in the whale songs of the deep blue sea. When you plant an ear below the water’s surface, you can hear their songs and more of the ocean’s secret rumblings.

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  • Kinfolk_12_Letter From Pepper-1_ft
    Issue Twelve / Essay

    Pepper strikes back: a rebuttal from the neglected seasoning on its much-hyped counterpart.

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  • Kinfolk_12_Swimming with Sharks-1
    Issue Twelve / Essay

    In certain coastal areas of the world, shark sightings are a commonplace occurrence that you trade for a day at the sea. But it’s important to remember that it’s their home we’re swimming in, not ours.

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  • Kinfolk_12_Case for Crying-1_ft
    Issue Twelve / Essay

    Salty tears have a communicative power beyond words and reason. But what happens when the waterworks are nothing but crocodile tears, caused by exhaustion, frustration or even a stubborn onion?

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  • Kinfolk_Issue_Twelve Writing The Waves-1_ft
    Issue Twelve / Essay

    John Steinbeck may have once written that men need monsters in their personal oceans, but he also found a muse, a means of survival and a food source in the sea.

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  • Kinfolk_12_Saline Solution_Essay-1_ft
    Issue Twelve / Essay

    We have more in common with seawater than we might imagine, so it’s no wonder some of us feel more at home in the water than we do on land.

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  • Kinfolk_12_One That Got Away-1
    Issue Twelve / Essay

    For some, going fishing is about bringing home the salmon. For others, it’s simply about the possibility of a catch. Life is about casting a wide net, and sometimes the important part isn’t what ends up in it.

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  • Kinfolk_12_Whiter Shade of Pale-1_ft
    Issue Twelve / Essay

    No matter where your skin tone falls on the pigment spectrum, you really should get out in the sun, at least for short bursts. But for those who are lobster-prone, there are ways to survive the sun and the burn.

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  • K11.Single-Servings
    Issue Eleven / Essay

    Just because you’re eating alone doesn’t mean you should be stuck with a sad salad. This essay will encourage you to whip up a decadent three-course meal for yourself.

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  • housemates[2]
    Issue Eleven / Essay

    Try our room-by-room guide to living in a group house: keeping the space clean, the vibe easygoing and the toilet paper well stocked.

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  • K11.Notes-From-A-House-Sitter
    Issue Eleven / Essay

    What does your home say about you? A house sitter can tell from a five-minute snoop in your pantry, sprouting potatoes and all.

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