“Memory produces hope in the same way that amnesia produces despair, ” the theologian Walter Brueggemann noted. It’s an extraordinary statement, one that reminds us that though hope is about the future, grounds for hope lie in the records and recollections of the past. We can tell of a past that was nothing but defeats and cruelties and injustices, or of a past that was some lovely golden age now irretrievably lost, or we can tell a more complicated and This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 24 Word: Desenrascanço Forget hygge: Uncertain times call for problem-solving the Portuguese way. Arts & Culture Design Issue 24 Isabel & Ruben Toledo To enter the loft of Isabel and Ruben Toledo is to ascend into a Borgesian sense of infinitude. Arts & Culture Issue 24 Nahanaeli Schelling From finding beauty in the dryness of data, a business is born. Arts & Culture Issue 24 Total Recall Memory is selective, so why is minutiae so important? Arts & Culture Issue 24 Relationships in Letters Letter writing, the endangered species of correspondence, is responsible for nurturing some of history’s most celebrated relationships. Arts & Culture Issue 24 James Baldwin Timely and therefore timeless: Revisiting the words of James Baldwin.