In Teju Cole’s novel Open City, Julius, the Nigerian doctor whom we follow as he wanders around Manhattan, describes going to a tailor’s shop. “For me, the intimate wonder of getting measured for clothes was like that of getting your hair cut, or feeling the warm touch of the doctor’s hand nestled against your throat as he took your temperature, ” he writes. “These were the rare cases in which you gave permission to a stranger to enter your personal This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 44 Gross Profit The hidden help of disgusting things. Arts & Culture Issue 29 How to Hold a Grudge In defense of a petty pleasure. Arts & Culture Issue 26 Beyond Reasonable Doubt Why being good at your job can leave you feeling like a fraud, and how to overcome it. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Hannah Traore The art world's next big thing is a gallerist. Arts & Culture Issue 44 The False Mirror Compositions inspired by the iconic clouds—and surrealist sensibilities—of René Magritte. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Boaz Nechemia Meet Jerusalem’s favorite weatherman.