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I've written nine books best described as entertaining guides to literary and intellectual history. I began in 1990 with Brush Up Your Shakespeare!—a particular specialty—and then moved on to classical writings, mythology, the Bible, and great ideas. (See Books for more details.)
In April 2019, Last Gasp published Jon B. Cooke's The Book of Weirdo, to which I contributed an overview of the legendary ’80s comix magazine.

In March 2016, Karnac Books published Jill Gentile's Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire, to which I am a contributing writer.

You may also have seen my articles and columns in InterActivity, a now-defunct magazine for multimedia authors. In addition to writing the “Browser Window” column and reviewing digital design software, I contributed feature stories on Web GUI design, Dynamic HTML, Hotwired, and CNET. (Elsewhere, I contributed a brief and early interview with Larry Page to Wired.)

In the early- to mid-1980s, I wrote several feature articles on the “new” underground/alternative comics scene, then epitomized by RAW and Weirdo. My combined interviews with Weirdo editors Robert Crumb and Peter Bagge appeared in the March, 1986 issue of The Comics Journal. (My article on Punk magazine appeared in Weirdo #16.)

I also wrote liner notes for Be Thou Now Persuaded, a Shakespeare spoken-word box set compiled by Rhino Records.