A hometown is a place left behind. There are the famous ones: the Garden of Eden, Ithaca, the Shire, Mark Twain’s Hannibal. Those who have moved away carry with them stories of how good it used to be, and of how they can’t go back—not really. Sometimes the place is gone (Eden, for example), but more often, the traveler has changed too much (Odysseus, Frodo, Twain), wedged in too much living, so even in return the place feels distant. What’s This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 39 Half a Notion A reassessment of ambivalence. Arts & Culture Issue 35 Lindsay Peoples Wagner Change your style. Change your industry. Change the outlook of the next generation. Kyla Marshell meets the trailblazing editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue Arts & Culture Issue 35 Solid, Liquid + Gas One element. Three states. When faced with change, be like water. Arts & Culture Films Issue 35 At Work With: Shahira Fahmy How did one of Egypt’s leading architects end up walking the red carpet at Cannes? Arts & Culture Issue 35 Start Small Begin by changing one thing. Arts & Culture Issue 35 Protect Yourself How to be both smart and vulnerable during times of change.