The Way It Wasn't: From the Files of James Laughlin by James Laughlin
Reviewed by Chris Faatz
"What do Pablo Neruda, H. D., Ezra Pound, Denise Levertov, Luljeta Lleshanaku, Dunya Mikhail, Bei Dao, and William Carlos Williams have in common? I mean, other than the fact that they have all challenged the canon, pushed back the horizons of the literary imagination, explored a new topography of beauty in the mind and heart. Why, they were all published by New Directions, of course. And, since they were published by New Directions, they were published for and by James Laughlin. In this case the trite saying that an institution is merely the lengthened shadow of a man stands true...." Read the entire Powells.com review.