“Albert Cossery was the bard of absolute indolence, and as you nod off with a smile over Laziness in the Fertile Valley, you may wonder if there's any point to waking up – except, of course, to read a few more pages.”
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."