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I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel

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I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel

Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life; his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art. The stay-at-home dad (three young girls) and the workaholic writer (18 books) head to the woods to spend four days together in a cabin, arguing life vs. art.

I THINK YOU'RE TOTALLY WRONG is an impassioned, funny, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate. Shields and Powell talk about everything --- marriage, family, sports, sex, happiness, drugs, death, betrayal, and (of course) writers and writing --- in the name of exploring and debating their central question: the lived life versus the examined life. There are no teachers or students here, no interviewers or interviewees, no masters of the universe --- only a chasm of uncertainty, in a dialogue that remains dazzlingly provocative and entertaining from start to finish.

James Franco’s film adaptation of I THINK YOU'RE TOTALLY WRONG, starring the authors, premiered in 2015.

I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel
by David Shields and Caleb Powell

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2015
  • Genres: Literary Criticism, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN-10: 0804169810
  • ISBN-13: 9780804169813