By Robert Dana
Opposed to the Grain is a set of interviews with 9 small press publishers, each characterised by way of energy of unravel and a commitment to strong books. every one press displays, maybe extra at once than any huge exchange writer may well, the nature of its founder; and every has earned its personal position within the choose staff of vital small presses in the United States. This assortment is the 1st of its variety to discover with the publishers themselves the old, aesthetic, useful, and private impulses at the back of literary publishing. The publishers incorporated are Harry Duncan (the Cummington Press), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (City Lights), David Godine (David R. Godine), Daniel Halpern (the Ecco Press), Sam Hamill and Tree Swenson (Copper Canyon Press), James Laughlin (New Directions), John Martin (Black Sparrow), and Jonathan Williams (the Jargon Society). Their ardour for books, their trust of their person visions of what publishing is or should be, their encouraged mulishness crackle at the web page.
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He was a thwarted professor. And I was ripe to be taught. So he enrolled me in what he called the Ezuversity. No tuition. He found a room for me in the flat of an old German lady. Mornings he would work, mostly at his correspondence, answering letters from allover the world about his historical and economic ideas and about poetry and everything else. He used to say that postage was his highest living expense. Then we'd have lunch together with Mrs. Pound in the dining room of the hotel next to the building where their penthouse was.
LAUGHLIN: I'm pretty much of a loner. The people on the Advocate . . I was always a member of the Advocate, and I would have been president of the Advocate, except for the turpitude of another fellow, my best friend, who won the presidency away from me by giving the Advocate building a new roof. So that I ended up as Pegasus of the Advocate, which meant the poetry editor. DANA: I see. LAUGHLIN: In our literary club, the Signet, people knew me as somebody to be avoided, as being slightly off-color and dangerous.
DANA: That's quite an education. LAUGHLIN: Then we had dinner together. After dinner, he often wanted to go to those dreadful Italian comedies at the movies. In those days, art had not reached the Italian cinema, and the movies were beyond belief awful. But Ezra loved them. He would sit up in the first gallery with his cowboy hat on and his feet up on the rail, eating peanuts and roaring with laughter at these dreadful comedies. The only reason I stuck them out was that I was learning a certain amount of Italian from them.