Monk Magazine

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Staff writersJames Crotty
Michael Lane
PublisherJames Crotty
Michael Lane
Year founded1986
Final issue1997
CountryUnited States

Monk: The Mobile Magazine was a travel magazine published from 1986 to 1997 by James Crotty and Michael Lane, aka the Monks. The magazine began publication when Crotty and Lane left San Francisco to travel across the United States by RV. They published a glossy magazine to document their travels, a publication that became a cult hit. In their travels the Monks interviewed numerous off-beat and counterculture figures such as Annie Sprinkle, Quentin Crisp, Kurt Cobain, Dan Savage and Gus Van Sant and offered tips on what unusual sights one should see when traveling.

In 1993, they published a book, Mad Monks on the Road/a 47,000-Hour Dashboard Adventure-From Paradise, California, to Royal, Arkansas, and Up the New Jersey Turnpike (Simon and Schuster) reprinting a number of their interviews and adventures.

In 1995 Lane authored Pink Highways(Carol Publishing) and in 1997 Crotty authored How to Talk American (Houghton Mifflin).

The magazine has been replaced by a website, and a series of Monk travel guides that include Mad Monks Guide to New York City (Macmillan) and Mad Monks Guide to California (Macmillan).


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