The Undergraduate Fiction of Wes Anderson
While organizing the shelves in our little office the other day, I got distracted by a retro-looking magazine with “Analecta XV” printed on the spine. Analecta 15 was published in 1989 (the year I was born!). When I cracked it open to the table of contents, I realized I had stumbled on the stuff of college literary journal lore — the first name on the page was Wes Anderson.
Mr. Anderson, a UT undergrad at the time, did not win the prose contest that year, but he did go on to write and direct a number of highly acclaimed films, including Rushmore, which bears more than a few similarities to this short story, “The Ballad of Reading Milton.”
Here, reproduced below, is the story: