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writing : books
HarperCollins published my first five books, all in the “Brush Up” series of guides to Western literature and ideas. The first and most successful of these was Brush Up Your Shakespeare (1990), a catalogue of the most used and abused Shakespearean coinages, including glosses of the scenes in which they originally appeared. I also survey “faux Shakespeare” (misattributed phrases) and book titles borrowed from the Bard. Five more “Brush Up” books handled topics from Greek and Roman history and myth to deconstruction and quantum mechanics.
Most recently (2019), I contributed an overview to Jon B. Cooke’s The Book of Weirdo. I also made editorial contributions to Jill Gentile’s Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire, published in April 2016 by Karnac Books.

Brush Up Your Shakespeare!
(Harper & Row, 1990)
(2nd Edition: HarperCollins, 2000)
It's Greek to Me!
Brush Up Your Classics
(HarperCollins, 1991)
A guide to common sayings and concepts
deriving from classical literature
By Jove!
Brush Up Your Mythology
(HarperCollins, 1992)
The focus here is on myth.
Brush Up Your Bible!
(HarperCollins, 1993)
What Archimedes Really Meant and
80 Other Key Ideas Explained

(HarperCollins, 1994)
A tour through the "great ideas" of Western culture.
"A Fine Kettle of Fish" and 150 Other Animal Expressions
(Doubleday, 1995)
Animal metaphors and where they came from.
Lessons on Living from Shakespeare
(Crown, 1996)
Wit and wisdom from the Bard.
Brush Up Your Poetry!
(Cader/Andrews & McMeel, 1996)
"In one ear and out the other"? Chaucer.
"Not with a bang but a whimper"? Eliot.
Naughty Shakespeare
(Cader/Andrews & McMeel, 1997)
Smut and controversy from the Bard.
Collaborations & Editorial Contributions
The Book of Weirdo
By Jon B. Cooke
(Last Gasp, 2019)
I contributed an introductory overview of the legendary ’8os comix magazine
Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire
By Jill Gentile with Michael Macrone
(Karnac, 2016)
What does the female body have to do with free speech?
The New Comics
Edited by Gary Groth
(Berkley, 1988)
Excerpts my interviews with Robert Crumb and
Peter Bagge from The Comics Journal #106
Mad Peck Studios: A Twenty-Year Retrospective
By The Mad Peck
With additional dialogue by Robert A. Hull and Mike Macrone
(Doubleday, 1987)
Insight Guides: Crossing America
Edited by Rob Seidenberg
(Simon & Schuster, 1986)
I covered the southern route from Savannah to San Diego.