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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Brokeback Mountain

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Read any great short stories lately? I'm super excited that they made Annie Proulx's story called "Brokeback Mountain" (included in her collection _Close Range_) into a movie. I first read it a few years ago, and wow, was I in for a surprise! I absolutely loved that story. You should read it, I swear.


Blogger ginab said...

Ever see "Brown Bunny"? According to the Video Hits sales girl, with her eyes too well lit, it's worth watching for the last ten minutes. God is she a perv!

7:46 PM

Blogger ing said...

Well, I've heard about it -- more specifically, I heard that it was awful. As for the last ten minutes, I don't think that has anything to do with why I love "Brokeback Mountain," which is a beautifully written love story about two men who live in a setting where two men aren't allowed to love one another. It sounds like Brown Bunny is poorly written and has a gratuitously pervy ending. Not that I've seen it, mind you.

9:58 PM

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10:03 AM

Blogger ginab said...

Stories by Ann Beattie. There's one titled, I think (I've loaned out the collection), "The Four Day Fight" that, well, to be short on words right now, rocks.

I hear stories daily, otherwise, about tenured administrators "landing softly" and I wonder what I should do. I can only think "Spanish" and I fall into a sizzling scenario of one dark haired, dark eyed male able to speak to my soul. The soul, by the direction of his face, skitters along the linoleum.

5:26 PM

Blogger ing said...

Ooh, I'll read the Ann Beattie as soon as I can. Maybe, if everyone's not doing the crazy Christmas shopping thing, I can read it at the bookstore.

Did you ever read "The Misogamist" by Andre Dubus? It's a creepy story, but I've always loved it. Kind of reminds me of "Soldiers Home."

Have you bought the new Best American? That's my present to myself when the quarter's done. Oh, and I'm going to CLEAN my room. And spend AT LEAST an hour a night WRITING. Prose poems. Back to that.

I have lots of big ideas about taking classes and learning to do things.

1. Knitting -- I want to learn how.

2. Banjo pickin' -- I'd love to take lessons

3. Yoga, etc -- I've GOT to get in shape and quit quit quit smoking.

Of the three, knitting sounds the most viable, since I can teach myself how to do it (e.g. no expensive lessons).

Yoga, etc I suppose I could do on my own.

Banjo pickin' : well, I KNOW I don't have the patience to self-teach.

But writing comes first, baby.

12:08 PM

Blogger ginab said...

Yes, writing. There's nothing else. Sure, there's knitting because there are sweaters or because it gets cold in places. There's yoga as a good excuse to fart quietly in public on something comfortable like a mat. There's the banjo pickin' my grandpa used to do, to get me to twirl around and around and around and around and around and around and around.

I would stand without an ache in my knees or fear my eyes had somehow loosened, watching his forefinger and thumb snapping together with a pinch of each of the four strings. He'd be right there for me, making me dance or dizzy.

Still, it's only words really of him (gulp) I can leave behind.

I'm such a dork. Thanks for stopping by mine.

12:41 PM

Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Coming over from Gina's blog, I just have to add:

Hair tip #2: beer makes your hair shiny and squeaky clean.

Always nice to read another educator's blog.


7:28 PM

Blogger ginab said...

These Brokeback buddies do dance a sqaure. I've seen'em left, down, right, up, left, down, right, and up; mind's spinnin'.

11:44 AM

Blogger The Electric Orchid Hunter said...

Brokeback Mountain was devastating. Definitely one of the better stories I've read! Would go see the movie for sure! Has it hit your screens yet? It'll probably only play in art house cinemas over here, and probably only for a short while, even though Ang Lee's directing and it has some mainstream actors in it. Ster-Kinekor (SA's main art/indie cinema distributor) hosts Out In Africa, an annual gay & lesbian film festival - I suppose they'll screen it then, but I'll have to drive to Rosebank in Jo'burg for it... It's so difficult to find good movies these days!

2:02 AM


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