WELCOME TO KINFOLK ISSUE THIRTEEN, THE IMPERFECT ISSUE.
For our autumn edition, we’d like to celebrate the holes in our socks, our scorched attempts at marmalade-making and all the crappy haircuts we’ve had over the years. We’re all guilty of occasionally attempting to make our lives seem a little cleaner or a bit more organized, but the reality is often quite different. There’s nothing wrong with daydreaming of an idyllic life, but what if we dropped the facade for a moment and celebrated our shortcomings? These flawed details are the beautifully blemished collateral of a life lived to the fullest. So make mistakes. Make a mess. Be imperfect.
Stories you’ll find in Kinfolk Issue Thirteen
– Natural Judgment: an essay exploring our blind eye toward nature’s flaws, along with a photo series showcasing oddly shaped shrubs in San Francisco
– Going Against the Grain: an exploration into being the odd one out
– Wear and Tear: a photo essay highlighting the appeal of worn clothing, paired with an encouragement to flaunt your flaws
– Julia Child’s Guide to Cooking Terribly, complete with a recipe for Fallen Cheese Soufflé
– Culinary Calamities: Six chefs tell us their stories of epic fails and war wounds
– An interview with New York City Ballet’s prima ballerina Wendy Whelan
– A profile series with three judges (a Pulitzer Prize–winning restaurant critic, a Westminster Dog Show judge and an Olympic Gymnastics judge) on evaluating perfection
– Seeing Double: a portrait series noting the small differences between twins
– The Extremists’ Guide to Home Decor: tips for minimalists and maximalists
– Home Tours: a look around some patched-up homes in Greece and France
– Playing with Fire: a menu based around burning your food on purpose; a recipe series of what to make When Life Gives You Lemons; and an essay about the failures of making marmalade along with a foolproof recipe for making Blood Orange and Bourbon Marmalade
– Plus, articles about improvisation, Navajo weaving techniques, art conservation, kintsugi, accidental inventions, imperfect music and crappy haircuts
“The autumn edition explores the idea of imperfection in all its glory, celebrating the chips in the woodwork that come from taking chances and making memories.” — Nathan Williams & Georgia Frances King