I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel

By David Shields, Caleb Powell

An impassioned, humorous, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate approximately existence and art—beers included.

Caleb Powell continually desired to turn into an artist, yet he overcommitted to existence (he’s a stay-at-home dad to 3 younger girls), while his former professor David Shields continuously desired to develop into a man or woman, yet he overcommitted to paintings (he has 5 books popping out within the subsequent yr and a half). Shields and Powell spend 4 days jointly at a cabin within the Cascade Mountains, enjoying chess, taking pictures hoops, mountaineering to lakes and an deserted mine; they rewatch My Dinner with André and The journey, relax in a sizzling bathtub, and speak about every thing they could give some thought to within the identify of exploring and debating their valuable query (life and/or art?): marriage, relatives, activities, intercourse, happiness, medicinal drugs, loss of life, betrayal—and, in fact, writers and writing.

The relationship—the stability of power—between Shields and Powell is in consistent flux, as egos try and undermine one another, personalities overlap and cave in. This publication seeks to deconstruct the Q&A layout, which has roots as deep as Plato and Socrates and as extensive as Laurel and Hardy, Beckett’s Didi and Gogo, and Car Talk’s Magliozzi brothers. I imagine You’re Totally Wrong additionally seeks to confound, up to attainable, the divisions among “reality” and “fiction,” among “life” and “art.” There aren't any academics or scholars the following, no interviewers or interviewees, no masters within the universe—only a chasm of uncertainty, in a discussion that is still dazzlingly provocative and enjoyable from begin to finish.

James Franco's version of I imagine you are absolutely flawed into a movie, with Shields and Powell striving mightily to play themselves and Franco in a helping position, can be published later this 12 months.

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