What was the first thing you looked at when you opened your eyes this morning? Your partner? That pile of clothes on the bedroom floor? The sun rising outside? No—if you’re like most people, the first thing you looked at was the clock. Right from that moment of waking, we measure our lives not in coffee spoons (as poet T.S. Eliot would have us believe), but in seconds, minutes and hours. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Nineteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 44 Nothing to See Here The allure of slow TV. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Deep Time Funk How to think in millennia. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Parental Control Teenagers are now discovering the digital footprint created for them by their parents. Tom Faber considers the dos and don’ts of “sharenting.” Arts & Culture Issue 39 Half a Notion A reassessment of ambivalence. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Who’s Laughing Now? Stephanie d’Arc Taylor charts the decline of the late-night comedy format and considers the alternatives. Arts & Culture Issue 35 Object Matters A timely history of the alarm clock.