January 1, 2006

Close Range: Wyoming Stories
Annie Proulx

Bareback Sex and Bare-naked Feelings on Brokeback Mountain – What scares us most in this age of terror? Intimacy. Loving relations between two people. In “Brokeback Mountain,” the most famous story in this solid short story collection, the surprising sexual relationship that awakens in 1963 between two young ranch hands – “quick, rough, laughing and snorting” – is shocking to many readers. And the stunted intellectual intercourse between Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, their self-assured denials and inarticulate pleadings, is all-too-familiar to others. But it’s the arousing emotional and spiritual connection between the two men that shakes us, wakes us and, ultimately, makes us see the commonality of our one true human purpose: to only connect.


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