“In Paul Hoover's extraordinary book, powers of saying things are raised to the nth and prove a multiple assault on whatever way you thought was going to get you home. This is the real story, no matter what they say. Terrific. It's a really wild piece of work.”
New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."