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[livejournal.com profile] basingstoke "has written a Brokeback Mountain fic," which actually does the story and the movie justice without killing the reader and without insane hopefulness - two elements which usually seem mutually exclusive in this fandom. I highly, highly recommend it. Guy-safe; rated teen at the outside.

A selection: )
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I know tragedies when I read them, and if I have to read them, I'd rather read where the life is destroyed but not the heart, rather than the heart being destroyed but not the life. It's why I can read about the death of Phoenix, but the death of Jack Twist leaves me in such grief that I can barely cope.

I've been a little frightened to read fanfic for BBM, terrified that something horrifying would be done to the prose and the characters to pull them far enough away from Annie Proulx's vision to have a life together. But Destina has actually done well.

A Various Language - well, let me just tell you what I told her:
Within everyone there is a balance of desires, fears, values, and understandings that, interacting, rules his or her interactions with the world at large. You have shifted one fact, and two balances, and presented me with a life for Jack and for Ennis that I can see: hard, and hardscrabble, but within their reach. And in that reach, reaching heaven.

I am in awe.
Guys, you can skip over the very few dangly bits if you must. Everybody needs to read this.

Ah, okay, here's a bit that slays me the good way.
First thing after the groceries are dropped in the kitchen, he feeds the chickens. Not that he ever wanted chickens, but there's no doubt the eggs come in handy, both for eating and for selling. There were times when he was building the house that he thought he might starve, and he did kill one of those chickens. Never would have thought he'd feel so damned guilty about it, but he did. Later he figured out it was because they were his own, not something he was beholden for someone else for. The thought of it made him dizzy for two days.
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The Detroit News online has an interesting article about mixed-orientation marriages, both those like Jack's and Ennis' and those a bit more by-choice. To my bemusement, about a third of such marriages survive, although not, apparently, while holding onto sexual fidelity.

More grist for the contemplation of the interactions of Love and Lust.
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Okay, so the Oscars have come and gone, and Crash took best picture. Maybe it deserved it; no undeserving film was nominated this year.

That having been said: I keep seeing the Social Right chanting "It ain't so, it ain't so, it ain't so" about so many things - the futility of invading Iraq, the nonexistence of WMDs, the illegality of the warrantless wiretaps, and so many other things, that it only makes sense that they'd be chanting the same thing at this movie.

"There aren't gay cowboys here."
"This movie glorifies adultery and dismisses the pain of wives."
"You can't sustain a homosexual relationship."


Alan Michels of Lubbock, Texas, gives the quiet, "Oh yes it is" to all that.
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Okay, so the Oscars have come and gone, and Crash took best picture. Maybe it deserved it; no undeserving film was nominated this year.

That having been said: I keep seeing the Social Right chanting "It ain't so, it ain't so, it ain't so" about so many things - the futility of invading Iraq, the nonexistence of WMDs, the illegality of the warrantless wiretaps, and so many other things, that it only makes sense that they'd be chanting the same thing at this movie.

"There aren't gay cowboys here."
"This movie glorifies adultery and dismisses the pain of wives."
"You can't sustain a homosexual relationship."


Alan Michels of Lubbock, Texas, gives the quiet, "Oh yes it is" to all that.
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Okay, I haven't seen the movie, and I plan not to, because weeks of profound grieving depression will do me, nor my family, nor my students, nor my co-workers, any good at all. But I read the story, and most of the reviewers have been getting it wrong.

They keep saying that it is a universal love story )
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Okay, I haven't seen the movie, and I plan not to, because weeks of profound grieving depression will do me, nor my family, nor my students, nor my co-workers, any good at all. But I read the story, and most of the reviewers have been getting it wrong.

They keep saying that it is a universal love story )
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Huh. From Queer Cowboys by Chris Packard, as quoted in the St. Petersburg Times:
Badger C. Clark's 1917 poem, The Lost Pardner, ... could pass as a plot outline of Brokeback Mountain:

We loved each other in the way men do
And never spoke about it, Al and me,
But we both knowed, and knowin' it so true
Was more than any woman's kiss could be.
We knowed - and if the way was smooth or rough,
The weather shine or pour,
While I had him the rest seemed good enough
But he ain't here no more!


ETA: Okay, so I'm trawling for people's reactions to the movie. Sosume!

This I found in Gay City News at http://www.gaycitynews.com/gcn_452/acowboylovestory.html:
There are closets, and there are closets. For me, just coming out to other gay men was a major step, and for a long time I mostly preferred secret sex in bathrooms and bathhouses. As a part of that world, I lied to everyone. The lies repelled affection. In such a closet, madness hovers; it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to imagine that another person can offer support, much less the warmth of friendship and love.
The man's response to the movie actually validates what we do as female writers of slash, given Proulx's gender and Lee's adherence to her vision: we are the describers of love, we are the ones who see and can say the emotional content of lives, regardless of the genders involved.

And I have erased the rest of that rant on the grounds that I'm not feeling well, and take off for the stratosphere under those conditions. I wouldn't be male for anything, but shoooooeeee, it's hard being female sometimes!
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Huh. From Queer Cowboys by Chris Packard, as quoted in the St. Petersburg Times:
Badger C. Clark's 1917 poem, The Lost Pardner, ... could pass as a plot outline of Brokeback Mountain:

We loved each other in the way men do
And never spoke about it, Al and me,
But we both knowed, and knowin' it so true
Was more than any woman's kiss could be.
We knowed - and if the way was smooth or rough,
The weather shine or pour,
While I had him the rest seemed good enough
But he ain't here no more!


ETA: Okay, so I'm trawling for people's reactions to the movie. Sosume!

This I found in Gay City News at http://www.gaycitynews.com/gcn_452/acowboylovestory.html:
There are closets, and there are closets. For me, just coming out to other gay men was a major step, and for a long time I mostly preferred secret sex in bathrooms and bathhouses. As a part of that world, I lied to everyone. The lies repelled affection. In such a closet, madness hovers; it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to imagine that another person can offer support, much less the warmth of friendship and love.
The man's response to the movie actually validates what we do as female writers of slash, given Proulx's gender and Lee's adherence to her vision: we are the describers of love, we are the ones who see and can say the emotional content of lives, regardless of the genders involved.

And I have erased the rest of that rant on the grounds that I'm not feeling well, and take off for the stratosphere under those conditions. I wouldn't be male for anything, but shoooooeeee, it's hard being female sometimes!
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As a broke woman, and as a person who reacts very badly to tragedy, I have not yet seen this movie. I may not. I know my limits; guys in love ain't it, but doomed romance is. )
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As a broke woman, and as a person who reacts very badly to tragedy, I have not yet seen this movie. I may not. I know my limits; guys in love ain't it, but doomed romance is. )
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Distracted, as always, by [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza's intriguing post, I went hunting for what people are saying about Brokeback Mountain.

And I actually found the following comment:
Calling the film "highly propagandistic," Kupelian says the emotional appeal used in the movie causes viewers to sympathize with the "gay" cowboys, and to emotionally reject the "anti-gay" character who tortures and murders a homosexual man.
Gosh! I'm so embarrassed! How humiliating to discover that I missed my cue to be sympathetic towards someone who engages in torture and murder!

...xnoafhejweren....
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Many of us In The Life have repeatedly pointed at the fact that persuading homosexual people to marry the opposite sex in order to "cure" themselves leads to heartbreak for all concerned. Period. It doesn't cure the gay person, and it founds a relationship with an unsuspecting straight person, that person's family, and any resultant children on a lie.

Now PRWEB is applying the name Brokeback Mountain Syndrome to a situation dealt with many times by the article's interviewee, Dale Bullock, apparently a gay relationships expert.

So we got a name and ever'thin'. Don't mean we aint' bin talkin' it up for thirty-forty year now.

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