James Marshall Crotty

Forbes Education Columnist; Author, 'How to Talk American'; Director, 'Crotty's Kids'; Co-founder, 'Monk Magazine'

James Marshall Crotty (a.k.a. Crotty) is best known as the co-founder, editor, and peripatetic publisher of <em>Monk: The Mobile Magazine</em>, which from 1986-1998 he ran from the dashboard of his 26-foot Fleetwood Bounder “Monkmobile.” He is the author of several books, including <em>How To Talk American</em> (Houghton Mifflin), <em>The USA Phrasebook</em> (Lonely Planet), and, with fellow “Monk” Michael Lane, of <em>Mad Monks On the Road</em> (Simon &amp; Schuster), <em>The Mad Monks’ Guide to New York City</em> (Macmillan), <em>The Mad Monks’ Guide to California</em> (Macmillan), and works in TV, multimedia, and film, including the forthcoming urban debate documentary, <em>Crotty’s Kids</em>, which Crotty wrote, directed, produced, and in which he stars. As a media auteur, Crotty has been profiled in major American media, including <em>Newsweek</em>, t<em>he New York Times</em>, <em>ABC’S “Good Morning America,”</em> <em>NPR’s “Morning Edition,”</em> <em>MTV News</em>, <em>Fox News, Rolling Stone, CNN, USA Today, Wired</em>, and hundreds more. Mr. Crotty has also been featured in major international media, including the<em> BBC, CBC</em>, Germany’s <em>Der Stern</em>, Japan’s <em>NHK</em>, and Italy’s <em>Panorama</em>. Mr. Crotty is widely regarded as a pioneer of “the mobile office” (<em>Portable Computing Magazine</em>) and the inventor of “dashboard publishing” (<em>Fact Sheet Fiv</em>e). Starting in 1994 with <em>the Transom</em>, continuing in 1997 with <em>Hollywood Broadcasting</em> and concluding in 2000 with <em>Playboy</em>, Crotty brought high-level multimedia content to the web long before the user-generated era took hold. In 2004, he helped launch the blog/video blog revolution with the independent politics and culture site, <em>The Crotty Farm Report </em>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>). He is currently the “Business of Education” columnist for <em>Forbes Media</em> (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and an Independent Political Columnist for the <em>Huffington Post</em>. In addition to his writing and film work, Crotty is a founding Principal in L.A.-based Monk (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>), which includes the web development company Monk Media (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>), Monk Space production rental (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>), Monk Host (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and Monk Post (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>). In his spare time, Crotty volunteers as a debate coach and judge (see <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for a trailer about his work with at-risk youth) and leads Great Books discussion groups in cities around the world. Mr. Crotty earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College Santa Fe, “the Great Books School.” He can be reached via: Email: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Twitter: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Facebook: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Forbes: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>