David Means

David Means is the author of three short-story collections. His second, Assorted Fire Events, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. His third, The Secret Goldfish, was short-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Means’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Zoetrope, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and Best American Short Stories. Faber and Faber will publish The Spot, his fourth collection, in May.

The Junction

As he heaves down through the weeds with a plate in his hand and a smear of jelly on his lips we watch him and stay silent, stay calm, and listen now to that high Middle Western bitterness in his…