There was a time, not too long ago, when you had to make a phone call to do just about anything, from arranging dates with friends to sussing out what time a store closed. The phone’s primacy went even further in the workplace, where it was an essential tool in building relationships, making sales and simply getting shit done. That’s all changed, of course. These days, you can pop into an office and not see a single desk phone. More and more people eschew phone calls for lengthy emails, cringing at the prospect of yet another worthless Zoom catch-up. The art of the phone call is being lost, and it’s a tragedy. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Nine 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.