Monk: The Mobile Magazine
was a travel magazine
published from 1986
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
. 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The magazine has been replaced by a website, monk.com and a series of Monk travel guides that include Mad Monks Guide to New York City (Macmillan) and Mad Monks Guide to California (Macmillan).