Anthologies are compilations of selected writers’ works. When something in an anthology piques our interest we can then delve deeper within a particular writer’s oeuvre. The Library of America’s new anthology “The Cool School: Writing From America’s Hip Underground” was put together by Glenn O’Brien. It excerpts samples of visionary writing by a motley assortment of cultural outsiders; beatniks, hipsters, comedians, poets, punks, artists, musicians, beboppers; all way cool cats with smoking-hot typewriters.
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This week’s book
“The Cool School: Writing From America’s Hip Underground,” edited by Glenn O’Brien ( The Library of America, 471 pages, $27.95)