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By David Shields, Caleb Powell

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

Caleb Powell continuously 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 regularly desired to develop into a individual, yet he overcommitted to artwork (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, taking part in chess, capturing hoops, climbing to lakes and an deserted mine; they rewatch My Dinner with André and The journey, relax in a sizzling bathtub, and speak about every little thing they could think about within the identify of exploring and debating their important query (life and/or art?): marriage, family members, activities, intercourse, happiness, medicines, 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 attempt to undermine one another, personalities overlap and cave in. This publication seeks to deconstruct the Q&A structure, which has roots as deep as Plato and Socrates and as huge 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 are not any lecturers or scholars the following, no interviewers or interviewees, no masters within the universe—only a chasm of uncertainty, in a discussion that continues to be dazzlingly provocative and interesting from begin to finish.

James Franco's variation of I imagine you are completely incorrect into a movie, with Shields and Powell striving mightily to play themselves and Franco in a assisting position, could be published later this yr.

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