Wounds of Youth

The Greenbacker's Guide to the Primo Revolt at Cooper Union

& How it Defined a Breathless Crush

José Negroni


ISBN 978-1-949966-09-1     104 pages        $16.00



José Negroni's fictionalized retelling of the time and events surrounding Cooper Union's decision to throw off Peter Cooper's legacy of free tuition rings with a de-personalized grief. The subsequent student protests have an air of the times we are living in and are told through the narrative voice of a disaffected, perhaps discarded yet worldly-wise "Lean Young Man."


José Negroni, who spent time in the Occupy Wall Street movement, is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. He lives in

Brooklyn, where he serves as a professor at Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York, and is a field organizer for the Professional Staff Congress, a union that represents his fellow faculty.