A few years ago, the Seattle writer David Shields feared he was running out of ideas. He wanted fresh blood. And he thought he could get it from an argument — some knock-down, drag-out, verbal sparring to jar loose new energy and ideas.
So he sought out a former student of his — Caleb Powell — a man with whom he always seemed to disagree. They went to a house in the mountains for a weekend, recorded everything they said, and then edited their clashes into a new book: I Think You’re Totally Wrong — A Quarrel.
We’ll talk to Shields and Powell about what they’ve learned from their ongoing arguments about writing, life, and more.