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 47 That’s Life The quiet tyranny of clichés. Arts & Culture Issue 46 Brief Encounters How to compliment a stranger. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Love That for You A lesson in the art of compersion. 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.