I Think You're Totally Wrong

A Quarrel
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Released: Feb 06, 2015
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A debate, nearly to the death, about life and art, cocktails included. And a soon-to-be major motion picture from James Franco! Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he' 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 has overcommitted to art. Shields and Powell spend four days together in a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, playing chess, shooting hoops, hiking to lakes and an abandoned mine; they rewatch My Dinner with AndrE, Sideways, 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. The relationship-- and the balance of power-- 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 demolish the Q&A format; it also seeks to confound, as much as possible, the divisions between " reality" and " fiction," between " life" and " art." There are no teachers or students, no interviewers or interviewees, no masters in the universe, only a chasm of uncertainty. David Shields is the author of 16 books, including The Thing About Life Is That One Day You' ll Be Dead and Salinger, both NYT bestsellers; Reality Hunger; How Literature Saved My Life; and Black Planet. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is the Miliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. Caleb Powell, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, has played bass in a band, worked construction, and spent ten years teaching ESL and studying foreign languages on six continents. He' s published stories and essays in Descant, Post Road and Zyzzyva. He' s now a stay-at-home father in Seattle.

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"This audiobook focuses on the two authors. One, Powell, wanted to become an artist but finds himself now with a large family and a conventional existence. The other, Shields, who was Powell's former professor, is an artist and has committed his life to his writing. They spend four days in a mountain cabin arguing about whose life is best. The result is fascinating, and soon to be a film. Jonathan Todd Ross as Powell and Luis Moreno as Shields narrate the book, reading with clear, pleasant voices. However, in trying to re-create the dialogue, they lose much of the argument's emotion. The result is a watered-down version of a once lively debate. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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