The Way It Wasnt: From the Files of James Laughlin James Laughlin

ISBN: 9780811216678

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The Way It Wasnt: From the Files of James Laughlin  by  James Laughlin

The Way It Wasnt: From the Files of James Laughlin by James Laughlin
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James Laughlin—poet, ladies man, heir to a steel fortune, and the founder of New Directions—was still at work on his autobiography when he died at 83. He left behind personal files crammed with memories and memorabilia: in M he is taking MarianneMoreJames Laughlin—poet, ladies man, heir to a steel fortune, and the founder of New Directions—was still at work on his autobiography when he died at 83. He left behind personal files crammed with memories and memorabilia: in M he is taking Marianne Moore to Yankee games (outings captured here in charming snapshots) to discuss arcane mammals, and in N nearly plunging off a mountain, hunting butterflies with Nabokov (Volya was a doll in a very severe upper-crust Russian way).With an accent on humor, The Way It Wasnt is a scrapbook loaded with ephemera—letters and memories, clippings and photographs.

This richly illustrated album glitters like a magpies nest, if a magpie could have known Tennessee Williams, W.C. Williams, Merton, Miller, Stein, and Pound. In C: I wish that nice Jean Cocteau were still around. He took me to lunch at the Grand Véfours in the Palais-Royal and explained all about flying saucers. He understood mechanical things. He would advise me. In P: There was not much gracious living in Pittsburgh, where at one house, the butler passed chewing gum on a silver salver after coffee. And: The world is full of a large number of irritating people. In H theres Lillian Hellman: What a raspy character.

When I knocked at her door to try to borrow one of her books (hoping to butter her up) she only opened her door four inches and said words to the effect: Fuck off, you rapist. Marketing in M: I think its important to get the troubadours into the title. Thats a buy-me word. In G: Olga asked Allen Ginsberg if he was also buying Pound Conference T-shirts for his grandchildren. She was most lovable throughout.

In L: Wyndham Lewis wrote Why dont you stop New Directions, your books are crap. And we find love in L: Cicero noted that an old love pinches like a crab. But in The Way It Wasnt James Laughlins love of the crazy world and his crazier authors does not pinch a bit: it glows with wit and enlarges our feeling for the late great twentieth century.



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