I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel

By David Shields, Caleb Powell

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

Caleb Powell continually 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 turn 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, capturing hoops, climbing to lakes and an deserted mine; they rewatch My Dinner with André and The journey, relax in a scorching bathtub, and speak about every thing they could examine within the identify of exploring and debating their relevant query (life and/or art?): marriage, kinfolk, activities, intercourse, happiness, medicines, dying, betrayal—and, in fact, 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 structure, which has roots as deep as Plato and Socrates and as broad 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 aren't any academics or scholars right here, no interviewers or interviewees, no masters within the universe—only a chasm of uncertainty, in a discussion that is still dazzlingly provocative and wonderful from begin to finish.

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

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Tomorrow I’m striking out with the crowd on the hostel, they usually inquire from me approximately my female friend, and that i say, “We’re going out this night, too. ” after which Noella asks me if i do know it’s a man. DAVID: Out of nowhere. CALEB: Out of nowhere. I’m like, “Blaaaaaaaaahggg! ” I ask Noella, “Are you joking? ” DAVID: How may perhaps she inform it used to be a man? CALEB: Duh. She used to be Samoan. It seems all of them knew. DAVID: How outdated have been you? CALEB: Twenty-five. DAVID: lovely younger. CALEB: sufficiently old to grasp greater. I ask Noella, “Why didn’t you inform me past? ” She shrugs. I’d deliberate to satisfy this transvestite by way of the hostel, she’s due any moment, and that i say, “Well, she’s coming right here, so let’s get out of right here prior to she arrives. ” We go away, and the transvestite is open air. She’s waving and hollers, “Yoo-hoo! Caleb! ” I begin shaking my head, and that i say, “Forget it. No. pass domestic. No. ” She simply starts off giggling. “Oh, you discovered I’m a fag! ” the one factor I’m considering is how blissful i'm I’m in a foreign country and nobody will ever recognize this tale. DAVID: and everybody knew? CALEB: every body. Later, Bernhard, the German, hits on me: “In my domestic nation I force BMW. intercourse with man, intercourse with woman, vat’s the variation? in the event you vant to have intercourse with me, why now not? I zee no challenge. ” Vegard, Bernhard, Noella, and that i pass devour at this chinese language dive; Vegard tells me a similar factor occurred to him. DAVID: What? CALEB: prior to he met Noella, a similar transvestite had attempted to select up Vegard. He acknowledged, “She desired to visit a bar, and we get a pair beverages and head towards the again, the place she begins giving me a blow task. i attempt to contact her, yet she won’t permit me. I’m pondering, What lady doesn’t are looking to be touched? I say, ‘You’re a man, aren’t you? ’ ” Vegard had traveled via Southeast Asia, and transvestites have been everywhere: they tuck themselves, get implants, faux boobs, they usually nonetheless have Adam’s apples and large fingers. He placed and jointly. whilst i attempted so as to add and , I got here up with round nineteen. David laughs. CALEB: not just Vegard and Noella yet each person knew, and the transvestite knew every person knew, and everybody knew that the transvestite knew they knew. there has been most likely loads of bizarre power occurring, and that i was once simply oblivious. The transvestite most likely used to be pondering, How does this Caleb man nonetheless now not recognize? DAVID: And she’s no longer doing it for cash? CALEB: on the finish, she requested for cab fare. I stated how a lot? and he or she acknowledged ten funds. appeared moderate. ultimately, every body flies off to at any place, and now it’s simply me and Noella. It’s afternoon and we exit, have a chew, and that i inform Noella every little thing, together with the truth that I obtained a blow task. She tells me approximately how they trick foreigners for all time. a few receives a commission; occasionally the foreigners comprehend and don’t care. Even locals get blow jobs. Noella and that i hang around all day, and in a single afternoon she tells me her whole lifestyles tale, as a lot lifestyles tale as you could inform in a single afternoon. She went to varsity in Australia on a scholarship, had a boyfriend, fell in love, acquired pregnant, however the boyfriend didn’t are looking to marry.

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