By David Shields, Caleb Powell
An impassioned, humorous, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate approximately existence and art—beers included.
Caleb Powell regularly desired to turn 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 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, climbing to lakes and an deserted mine; they rewatch My Dinner with André and The journey, relax in a scorching bath, and discuss every thing they could ponder within the identify of exploring and debating their vital query (life and/or art?): marriage, kin, activities, intercourse, happiness, medicinal drugs, dying, betrayal—and, after all, 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 ebook 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 are not any lecturers or scholars right here, 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 model of I imagine you are absolutely incorrect into a movie, with Shields and Powell striving mightily to play themselves and Franco in a helping function, might be published later this yr.
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