December 8, 2005 5:19 AM
They were raised on small, poor ranches in opposite corners of the state, Jack Twist in Lightning Flat, up on the Montana border, Ennis del Mar from around Sage, near the Utah line, both high-school drop-out country boys with no prospects brought up to hard work and privation, both rough-mannered, rough-spoken, inured to the stoic life...
-- Annie Proulx
's short story "Brokeback Mountain"
, first published by The New Yorker
on October 13, 1997 and now available on the magazine's website