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James Laughlin (1975)

James Laughlin founded New Directions in 1936 with anthologies of new poetry, prose and plays that later gave birth to one of America's finest independent publishers for new and experimental writing. His "stable" included Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Tennessee Williams, Franz Kafka, Christopher Isherwood, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and, at one point, F.Scott Fitzgerald and Franz Kafka. Hear the man tell the story of New Directions in his own words, in this historic 1975 conversation with Susan Howe and Charles Ruas.


Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas


A unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas for WBAI-FM, New York's Pacifica station. It features reading, lectures, and performances by such cultural and literary icons as Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. This series is produced in partnership with Charles Ruas, The Pacifica Radio Archives, The Yale Beinecke Library, The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Collection, and numerous restorers, archivists and collectors.