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 50 Close Knit Close Knit: Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive. Arts & Culture Issue 50 The Old Gays Inside a Californian TikTok “content house” of a very different stripe. Arts & Culture Issue 50 New Roots The Palestinian art and agriculture collective sowing seeds of community. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Angela Trimbur An all-out tour de force. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Peace & Quiet In the UK, a centuries-old Quaker meeting house encourages quiet reflection. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Free Wheelers On the road with London’s Velociposse Cycling Club.