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By David Shields, Caleb Powell

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

Caleb Powell continuously desired to develop into an artist, yet he overcommitted to lifestyles (he’s a stay-at-home dad to 3 younger girls), while his former professor David Shields constantly 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, enjoying chess, taking pictures hoops, mountain climbing to lakes and an deserted mine; they rewatch My Dinner with André and The journey, relax in a sizzling bath, and speak about every thing they could examine within the identify of exploring and debating their crucial query (life and/or art?): marriage, relations, activities, intercourse, happiness, medications, demise, betrayal—and, after all, 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 ebook seeks to deconstruct the Q&A layout, 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 unique from begin to finish.

James Franco's variation of I imagine you are absolutely improper into a movie, with Shields and Powell striving mightily to play themselves and Franco in a helping function, can be published later this yr.

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