The barista cheerfully remembers your regular order and has it started before you’ve said hello. Warmed inwardly, cup in hand, you step onto the sidewalk, and a passerby—the older woman who walks her sweet terrier every morning—greets you with a familiar smile. These are not friends, exactly, but people you are pleased to run into because they confer a sense of belonging. They are a part of your community, and you are a part of theirs. New York Times columnist This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Jenny Odell The acclaimed author in search of lost time. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Ryan Heffington Meet the man bringing choreography, community and queer joy to the desert. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Nell Wulfhart Advice from a decision coach. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 49 A World of Difference A fun lesson in cultural faux pas.