Too Cool For School #2

The New Yorker Short Story Review

The Tree Line, Kansas, 1934

By: David Means

Published: October 25, 2010

David Means story of two F.B.I. agents, one grizzled and old, and the other a young by the book type, provides some interesting insights into the age gap between the two agents, but ultimately fails to catch the readers interest.

Mean’s use of lists throughout the story is an interesting formatting decision, but I am not entirely sure I understand the benefit of it.  The insights of the older agent are interesting, in-depth, and very well thought out, but he just doesn’t really say anything we haven’t seen before in other similar examples.

Still The New Yorker did publish the story (which is a testament to the author undoubtedly) and there are some interesting literary techniques used throughout, just don’t expect to be enthralled.

David Means is an American writer from Nyack, New York.  His stories have been published in magazine such as The New Yorker and Esquire.

Here’s the link,


About Tim Horn

I have recently acquired a degree in Film Studies at the University of Manitoba and am now enrolled in the Creative Communications program at Red River College. Film, Literature, Music, Comic Books, and Video Games. These are the things that feed my brain and keep me sane.
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One Response to Too Cool For School #2

  1. I almost read this one, but decided to go with The Dungeon Master instead. Sounds like I made the right choice.

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