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I Think You're Totally Wrong : A Quarrel (Paperback) (David Shields & Caleb Powell)

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"An impassioned, funny, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate, about life and art-cocktails included. Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he's a stay-at-home dad to three young girls). DavidShields always wanted to become a human being, but he has overcommitted to art. At antipodes since first meeting twenty-five years ago, they headed to a cabin in the Cascade Mountains and threw down. The focus? Life vs. Art. Over the next four days they played chess, shot hoops, hiked, relaxed in a hot tub, watched My Dinner with Andre, Sideways, The Trip, and talked about everything they could think of-genocide, marriage, sex, Toni Morrison, sports, ******, the death penalty, baldness, evil, James Wood, happiness, sports radio, George Bush, drugs, death, betrayal, alcohol, Rupert Murdoch, Judaism, bad book titles-in the name of exploring their central question. While confounding, as much as possible, the divisions between "reality" and "fiction" and between "life" and "art," their dialogue remains dazzlingly provocative and entertaining from start to finish"--

An impassioned, funny, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate about life and art?beers included.

Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he?s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art (he has five books coming out in the next year and a half). Shields and Powell spend four days together at a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, playing chess, shooting hoops, hiking to lakes and an abandoned mine; they rewatchMy Dinner with André and The Trip, relax in a hot tub, and talk about everything they can think of in the name of exploring and debating their central question (life and/or art?): marriage, family, sports, sex, happiness, drugs, death, betrayal?and, of course, writers and writing.

The relationship?the balance of power?between Shields and Powell is in constant flux, as two egos try to undermine each other, two personalities overlap and collapse. This book seeks to deconstruct the Q&A format, which has roots as deep as Plato and Socrates and as wide as Laurel and Hardy, Beckett?s Didi and Gogo, and Car Talk?s Magliozzi brothers.I Think You?re Totally Wrong also seeks to confound, as much as possible, the divisions between ?reality? and ?fiction,? between ?life? and ?art.? There are no teachers or students here, no interviewers or interviewees, no masters in the universe?only a chasm of uncertainty, in a dialogue that remains dazzlingly provocative and entertaining from start to finish.

James Franco's adaptation of I Think You're Totally Wrong into a film, with Shields and Powell striving mightily to play themselves and Franco in a supporting role, will be released later this year.




From the Hardcover edition.
Number of Pages: 261
Genre: Philosophy, Literary Criticism, Art
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: David Shields & Caleb Powell
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 17392892
UPC: 9780804169813
Item Number (DPCI): 247-46-3206
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