"There's a Chinese saying, that you throw a brick to attract jade. So it is that the most precious thing about filmmaking the reactions of the viewers is entirely out of the hands of the filmmakers. We set out to make one film with Brokeback Mountain, and in return, we got an overwhelming number of reactions that we never expected from moviegoers who saw themselves, or the other, or both, reflected on the big screen. There is a whole range of Brokeback Mountains, many of which are explored in the fascinating, sometimes contradictory, and always passionate essays in this book." --Ang Lee, Academy Award-winning director of Brokeback Mountain
"Enlightening and provocative, The Brokeback Book is an outstanding collection of personal and scholarly essays. It s an indispensable guide to a cultural milestone of our time." --Robert Sklar, author of Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies
"This extraordinary collection allows us to understand Brokeback Mountain as a social phenomenon, a revisionist Western, a classic love story, and a deeply transformative experience for millions of gay and lesbian viewers. The best movies do more than entertain they alter the course of cultural history. The Brokeback Book shows us how and why Brokeback Mountain achieved just that." --Christopher Kelly, film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Texas Monthly
About the Author
William R. Handley is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Marriage, Violence, and Nation in the American Literary West and the coeditor, with Nathaniel Lewis, of True West: Authenticity and the American West, available in a Bison Books edition.