The Naked Truth on the Naked City In the deep, dark 1980s, Jim Crotty and Michael Lane quit their jobs, traded everything they owned for a 26-foot motorhome, and hit the road with their cats, their convictions, and a solar-powered Mac. Their mission: to travel the great American landscape and report on the incredible people, places, and parking lots they encountered along the way. One fateful day, their Monkmobile rattled into New York… "Reading these guys is like watching a grainy, irreverent film about America—real, unreal, surreal." —The Boston Globe "[The Monks] don't simply document a chosen city or region. They dissect it, demystify it, revel in its oddities." —San Diego Union Tribune "Modern troubadors…writing about themselves and America." —The New York Times "Kerouacs of the ’90s." —The Seattle Times "An unshaven version of Travel & Leisure." —Utne Reader Annie Sprinkle ? Bar Hopping Blessing of the Animals Circus Amok ? Cupcake Cafe Domsey's Warehouse ? Dr. Zizmor Driving to Ellis Island Fly Fishing in Central Park Fresh Kills Dump ? Gene Pool Lady Bunny ? The Mermaid Parade Mother Cabrini Shrine The New York Doll Hospital The Phun Phactory ? Quentin Crisp Sideshows by the Seashore The Subway Inn ? Supreme Macaroni The West Indian Dry Parade Wigstock ? and more, More, More Visit us online at www.frommers.com
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"As astute and oddball a guidebook as that heavily over-guidebooked megalopolis could hope for." Los Angeles Times
"Talk about alternative guides. The Mad Monks' Guide to New York City is truly alternative. Witty, subversive and profane, it brims with life, like the city it so passionately chronicles."Chicago Tribune
"Unlike traditional travel books, the Mad Monks' Guide to New York City cuts right to 'the soul of the city.' Along with the sublime and the bizarre is a cornucopia of the great city's diverse culture, from bars and restaurants to entertainment spots, making it probably as useful for those who live in the city as for those planning to visit it."Reuters News Service
"Reading these guys is like watching a grainy, irreverent film about Americareal, unreal, surreal." The Boston Globe
"The world of travel writing has seen some big bylines. Chaucer, Kerouac, and of course Kuralt. Now some might add the Monks." Ed Bradley, CBS TV
"The coolest guys ever to eme! rge from a 1986 Fleetwood Bounder motorhome." USA TodayFrom the Author:
In the Spring of 1986 Jim Crotty and Michael Lane sold everything they owned and with their cats, Nurse and Nurses Aide, hit the road and began producing a quarterly publication, Monk, The Mobile Magazine. Monk became the chronicle of their journey, featuring the offbeat people and places they encountered along the way. As became crystal clear to their early followers, Jim and Mike saw the world in a refreshing new light. They braved exits most travelers avoided. They sought out places seasoned locals didnt even know existed. Where hordes of tourists stopped, they avoided. What the Chamber of Commerce promoted, they skewered. And with an insatiable appetite for adventure they soon uncovered many of the well-kept secrets the highway had to offer.
Today, thirteen years after its launch, Monk has grown from an internationally distributed magazine to a far reaching pan-media empire that includes guidebooks, novels, lexicons, CD-ROMs, and a dominant on-line presence. Monk continues to be about life on the road. Each journey describes the latest adventures of Mike and Jim and their encounters with those they meet. From poets to politicians, drag queens to circus freaks, and occasionally, even honest to goodness monks. It is an inspired mix of travelogue and spiritual quest--funny, moving, informative and often delightfully weird.
Through Monk, everything is sacred, and yet nothing is sacred. And that especially applies to the roadside attractions The Monks discover along the way. With a a keen eye for esoteric detail, Mike and Jim find the most captivating people and places that a metropolis has to offer. Where other travel guides stop at the obvious, The Monks go the extra mile to uncover the most unusual pit stops in town. From laundromat cafes to Elvis churches, chocolate waterfalls to talking statues, their guides are as entertaining as they are useful. The Monks leave tourists and particularly natives gaping with a profound realization: Ive lived here all my life, and I never knew that existed. Its the most frequent compliment The Monks receive, and surefire proof that what they have to offer are far and away the most original and keenly researched travel guides in print. While The Monks do not shy away from obvious or quintessential tourist attractions, you can bet your life that their take on, say, Ellis Island, will be unlike anything youve ever read before. These are guides with outrageous personality and attitude. And unlike so-called independent or budget travel guides, The Monks are the only writers anywhere that honestly deliver travel with a twist.
And now, from the richness of their travels, comes the long-awaited Mad Monks' Guide to New York CD-ROM (Also see Mad Monks' Guide to New York City, the book. MacMillan).
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Book Description John Wiley & Sons, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0028627555