I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (Paperback)
Vintage, 9780804169813, 272pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
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 (eighteen 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.