Bullet in the Brain is a short story by Tobias Wolff. It was originally published in The New Yorker in 1995 and was later published in multiple short story collections. The story follows a jaded and cynical literary critic named Anders on a trip to the bank. While he is there, armed robbers arrive. Anders’ reflexive tendency towards outspoken sarcasm makes him a target for the robbers, one of whom eventually shoots and kills him. The story explores themes of cynicism, intimacy, and fulfillment.