A friend called me up and said there's a story in there you really need to read. So I read it, and I was just stunned, it just struck a chord in me. Then I woke up the next morning, and I was just emotionally exhausted, and I knew I had to read it again to see what had affected me so much. And it affected me even more in the second reading.
One of the jobs of art is to inspire discussion, and Brokeback Mountain certainly has done that. It's like a window and a mirror. You're looking through a window at lives you may or may not have experienced. But it's a mirror in the sense we've all felt lonely we're all, at one time or another, looking for and hoping for love.