Short story: “The Tree Line, Kansas, 1934”

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“The Tree Line, Kansas, 1934,” by David Means

Appeared in the New Yorker, October 25th, 2010; read for the April 2015 episode of the podcast by Thomas McGuane

3,298 words

This story doesn’t feel packed with detail, but it is. Even the descriptions of the setting, which would usually bore me, reveal a lot about how the main character perceives the world.

I like this parenthetical insight a lot: “(yes, a stakeout was an act of humility that could easily, if not approached properly, turn to humiliation)”