The work of Siri Hustvedt—novelist, critic, poet, and lecturer on psychiatry at Cornell’s Weill Medical School—is concerned with imprecision, the discomforting and the unknowable. “There is something alienating about perfection, ” she writes in her latest book, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind. Many thinkers are intent on ignoring the fact that we are all flawed bodies who forget, grow and change—producing a range of emotions that are never constant because This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Six Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 42 Dream House The rise of renderporn. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Olalekan Jeyifous On fantastical architecture and sci-fi Brooklyn. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Archive: Jean Stein Annick Weber chronicles the life of one of New York’s great storytellers. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Susanna Moore The sharp-eyed writer on high society and her supermodel past. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Liana Finck The wobbly-lined cartoonist with a razor-sharp vision. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Botched Beauty When fine art gets in a fix.