“Well, we had all these children out planting trees, see, because we figured that… that was part of their education, to see how, you know, the root systems… and also the sense of responsibility, taking care of things, being individually responsible. You know what I mean. And the trees all died. They were orange trees. I don’t know why they died, they just died.”
From “The School” by Donald Barthelme, recommended by Fine Arts Work Center.
Read it for free tomorrow in Electric Literature’s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading.