In his essay The Curtain, Milan Kundera evokes the revelatory act of “pulling away the curtain” when describing how the novel shows us the truths of life in all its mundane detail. A more memorable—and literal—example of the idiom occurs in the film The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy’s dog, Toto, drags aside an emerald curtain to show that the wizard is just a man operating a machine. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, ” the wizard This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 44 Hannah Traore The art world's next big thing is a gallerist. Arts & Culture Issue 44 The False Mirror Compositions inspired by the iconic clouds—and surrealist sensibilities—of René Magritte. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Boaz Nechemia Meet Jerusalem’s favorite weatherman. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Fredi Otto One scientist's mission to prove the link between extreme weather and climate change. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Ghostlore Four questions about supernatural studies. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Word: Anecdata Fact, meet fiction.