I Think You're Totally Wrong

I Think You're Totally Wrong

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An impassioned, funny, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate about life and arta€”beers included. Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (hea€™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 rewatch My Dinner with AndrAc 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, betrayala€”and, of course, writers and writing. The relationshipa€”the balance of powera€”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 QaA format, which has roots as deep as Plato and Socrates and as wide as Laurel and Hardy, Becketta€™s Didi and Gogo, and Car Talka€™s Magliozzi brothers. I Think Youa€™re Totally Wrong also seeks to confound, as much as possible, the divisions between a€œrealitya€ and a€œfiction, a€ between a€œlifea€ and a€œart.a€ There are no teachers or students here, no interviewers or interviewees, no masters in the universea€”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.... is The Outsider, and it ends with a€œcries of hatred.a€ DAVID: Thata#39;s terrible. CALEB: Ita#39;s a more literal translation of a€œcris de haine.a€ DAVID: a€œHowls of execrationa€ is so beautiful. Lina#39;s Richard Yates vs. the 2006 Dodge Caravan Ownera#39;s Manual.

Title:I Think You're Totally Wrong
Author:David Shields, Caleb Powell
Publisher:Vintage - 2015-01-06


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