Brokeback In Paperback


We just finished Annie Proulx’s short story, Brokeback Mountain, and all we can say is “wow.” Even HBO’s cancellation of The Comeback didn’t have us whimpering all morning like this. Powerful stuff here, kids. Now we’re not quite sure what we’re anticipating more: Confessions on a Dance Floor or tickets tp Jake Gyllenhaal/Heath Ledger’s upcoming cowboy love fest.

The story itself is barely 30 pages, a quicker read than the current issue of Instinct. And Proulx’s writing is impressively masculine, weaving together one of the most involving love stories since West Side Story. No Sharks or Jets in this one though.

You can find Brokeback Mountain included among Proulx’s collection in Close Range: Wyoming Stories. But in celebration of the upcoming movie, Scribner Press (ironically the company started out publishing religious books. Ha!) is releasing a new trade paperback next week.

We’re dying to see what director Ang Lee does with the film’s first man on man sex scene. We won’t spoil anything for you readers. All we’ll say is it involves spitting in the palm of a certain top’s hand.

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