Natalie’s essay on Yeats is really about her own unraveling personal life.
(from The Sun, March 2006)
Mr. Patterson, I know this is supposed to be a paper about literature, and the particular literature named “Leda and the Swan,” but you also said that we could use examples from our own life if we found something of “universal interest.” That’s why I’ve departed on a tangent and am writing this essay about love. I guarantee, universally, if you asked people which they’d prefer — a topic about LOVE or one about PERVERTED SWANS — they’d choose mine in a second.
Once you catch the rhythm of this story it blows you away. Amazing. Heartbreaking, hilarious, screwed up and true. I don’t know what else to say. And. I’m on the plane back from Phoenix and I’m sort of self-conscious that the other passengers in row 17 are reading my screen.
There are two options for reading the story here.