The story behind 'Brokeback Mountain'

Still mystified by all the hype over Brokeback Mountain? It’s because of the story, which Annie Proulx first published in The New Yorker eight years ago. The magazine has finally posted the short story online, here. Read it and weep.

Proulx talks about the film version, which she did not write, in this new interview at Bookslut. Unlike many authors who cede control of their work when it’s adapted for the screen, Proulx is thrilled with the way Brokeback turned out. That should reassure her fans, especially after the botched film version of her best-known book, The Shipping News.

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  • Elizabeth Slonim

    I read the story and the Bookslut interview. It’s interesting to think that this story has been around eight years and is only one of many about “interesting love stories,” but only becomes controversial when it becomes a movie.

  • Hollis Rose

    While a live link to the link to the original short story which ran in the Oct. 13, 1997 issue of The New Yorker may have been up during the first week of December, it is, alas, no longer active. I wonder whether anyone knows how to find the original short story online?

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    Hey, just curious what happened to the link to the story? It doesn’t seem to work anymore– does this have anything to do with the fact that it’s being sold seperately at Amazon?

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