News comes today that Helen DeWitt's Lightning Rods is on The Believer's shortlist for its annual Book Award for Fiction. You can read the announcement here, and watch a dramatic reading from the book here.
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."