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James Marshall Crotty (a.k.a. Crotty) is best known as the co-founder, editor, and peripatetic publisher of Monk: The Mobile Magazine, which from 1986-1998 he ran from the dashboard of his 26-foot Fleetwood Bounder “Monkmobile.” He is the author of several books, including How To Talk American (Houghton Mifflin), The USA Phrasebook (Lonely Planet), and, with fellow “Monk” Michael Lane, of Mad Monks On the Road (Simon & Schuster), The Mad Monks’ Guide to New York City (Macmillan), The Mad Monks’ Guide to California (Macmillan), and works in TV, multimedia, and film, including the forthcoming urban debate documentary, Crotty’s Kids, which Crotty wrote, directed, produced, and in which he stars. As a media auteur, Crotty has been profiled in major American media, including Newsweek, the New York Times, ABC’S “Good Morning America,” NPR’s “Morning Edition,” MTV News, Fox News, Rolling Stone, CNN, USA Today, Wired, and hundreds more. Mr. Crotty has also been featured in major international media, including the BBC, CBC, Germany’s Der Stern, Japan’s NHK, and Italy’s Panorama. Mr. Crotty is widely regarded as a pioneer of “the mobile office” (Portable Computing Magazine) and the inventor of “dashboard publishing” (Fact Sheet Five). Starting in 1994 with the Transom, continuing in 1997 with Hollywood Broadcasting and concluding in 2000 with Playboy, 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, The Crotty Farm Report ( He is currently the “Business of Education” columnist for Forbes Media ( and an Independent Political Columnist for the Huffington Post. In addition to his writing and film work, Crotty is a founding Principal in L.A.-based Monk (, which includes the web development company Monk Media (, Monk Space production rental (, Monk Host ( and Monk Post ( In his spare time, Crotty volunteers as a debate coach and judge (see 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: Twitter: Facebook: Forbes:

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My Fellow Americans: Do We Really Want Another Clinton (Or Bush) in the White House?

(13) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM

As we prepare to enter "the silly season," backers of Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) should think seriously about what and whom they are backing. Just as Hillary played a prominent role in the administration of her husband, President Bill Clinton, so too Bill will play a prominent role in a...

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Mad Men Season 7: Don's Long Goodbye

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 10:46 AM

As Mad Men, the most profound series in TV history, draws to a prolonged denouement, we are treated to a tidy cavalcade of cameos of former regulars shuttling through the Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce-McCann-Erickson-yadda-yadda misogynistic ad world. Former friends are now enemies. Meamwhile, the truly egregious boors -- still the mainstay of the...

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American Sniper Sanitizes Colossally Boneheaded Iraq War

(17) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 3:17 PM


Clint Eastwood doesn't make bad movies, though he rarely makes exceptional ones. However, his American Sniper is not just a movie. It's a phenomenon, grossing $105 million in its opening weekend -- greater than the total take of most Oscar-nominated films...

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Kobe-Less Lakers Stun Warriors, But Bryant Still Elephant In Locker Room

(24) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 4:12 PM

After the Los Angeles Lakers shocked the Golden State Warriors - at 23-4, the NBA's top team -- 115-105 last night at the Staples Center, Lakers Coach Byron Scott was hit with a flurry of questions around a theme: if the Lakers...

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Cheney: Wrong on Iraq, Right on Torture?

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 11:00 PM

Former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney was surprisingly persuasive in an emotionally charged Meet the Press appearance Sunday morning. All those Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky disciples that are so appalled by America's use of torture, er, enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT), should at least listen to Mr. Cheney's rationale....

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Alright GOP, Time to Put Up Or Shut Up

(225) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Congratulations Republicans, you've won control of Congress. Now it's time to put down the talking points, stop your OCD obsession with ObamaCare and prove that you can actually do the following:

Close the U.S. Border to Illegal Immigration.
Instead of merely talking tough to keep the Tea Party...

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The Reykjavik International Film Festival Is the Tectonic Meeting Point of European and American Indie Cinema

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 10:25 AM

Pingvellir (trans: "Thing Fields") in southwestern Iceland is where American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide, forming a gorgeous rift valley that grows larger by the day. It is an apt metaphor for not only neutral Iceland -- a psychological battleground between Allied...

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The 'Good' Iraq War? 5 Things to Consider Before We March Into Another Mideast Quagmire

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 7:37 PM


ISIS is a bad bunch. A deliberately macabre and diabolical death cult. Their shock and horror strategy fuels fear in their subjects, and pride in their growing band of messianic losers, freaks and disaffected Ba'athists (thank you, Douglas Feith).

However, in many...

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As ISIS Beast Threatens Mideast, A Call for Realism in U.S. Foreign Policy

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Through most of its history, America was a nation of realists. The prevailing POV was this: the world is filled with jealous, back-biting, self-centered scoundrels, mountebanks, and thieves, who, unless they have a strategic or economic motive to play nice, don't give...

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Dear President Obama: Secure The Border Now Or Risk Civil War

(22) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 6:05 PM


As any grade-schooler, let alone a graduate of Harvard Law School, knows, the first job of a US President is to protect the homeland. Nothing comes before that sacred duty. Not famine abroad, not health insurance at home, not even Lilly Ledbetter. The...

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The Last Snowpiercer Review You Will Ever Need to Read

(28) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 9:10 PM

Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi allegory Snowpiercer is one weird and hilarious trip. At turns campy and amateurish (with issues of ADR synching and logical consistency throughout), at other turns brilliant and inspired, it's worth experiencing for Tilda Swinton's delirious send-up of Maggie Thatcher alone (right down to the prosthetic...

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Fire Klinsmann. Hire Donovan.

(17) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 6:44 AM

Let's step back and do a reality check for a moment, shall we? We like to think we are good at that here in America. We like to think we are objective (unlike morally challenged Uruguay - from coach Oscar Tabarez to President Jose 'Pepe" Mujica to most fans of...

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Better Selfies Through Chemistry

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 1:24 AM


The selfie is here to stay, despite reports of its demise.

Love it or loathe it, the self-portraits snapped with handheld devices that Ellen DeGeneres and President Obama made famous -- and I...

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Against a Five-Day Front of Super Bowl Marketing Mediocrity, inVNT's PepCity Went Long

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 4:15 PM

I love the Super Bowl. Love the game. Love the ads. Love the whole glitzy, over-hyped shebang. Did you catch opera soprano Renee Fleming's gorgeous rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner"? I get teary-eyed even now thinking about it.

However, I no longer enjoy the mercenary hoopla leading...

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A Comfortable Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2013 | 11:00 PM

Christmas was a huge deal in my house growing up. My parents put on a big show for us six Crotty kids (I was number four). We celebrated on Christmas Eve. After the ceremonial oyster stew and singing of traditional Christmas songs -- some in German in honor of our...

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The Egyptian Coup Is a Bad Precedent for All Democracies

(94) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 5:17 PM

You may not like the Muslim Brotherhood. You may not support its religion-infused politics, its arrogant brand of Islam, its views of the U.S. and Israel, and its handling of the Egyptian economy. Moreover, you may not like President Mohamed Morsi's high-handed treatment of competing groups, the constitution, and the...

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Rachel Jeantel, Star Witness in Trayvon Martin Murder Trial, Cannot Read Her Own Letter -- Now, Whose Fault Is That?

(153) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 7:39 PM

Rachel Jeantel, star witness in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, was asked in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Florida this week to read from a letter that she allegedly "wrote" to Mr. Martin's mother. The letter detailed what Ms. Jeantel allegedly heard while on the phone with the late Mr....

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Don's Epiphany Highlights Stunning Season Six Finale of Mad Men

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 10:10 AM

Episode 13 of season six of Mad Men ends in two definitive ways. First, Don Draper gets his long-awaited comeuppance at the hands of the suddenly, if not surprisingly, united SC&P. He's asked to take a two-month break to get his act together...

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What About Bob? Mad Men, Episode 12

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 7:52 AM


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is...

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival Is America's Must-See Showcase of Foreign Film

(6) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 7:52 PM


It's disappointing, if unsurprising, that more Southern Californians do not avail themselves of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), the most programmatically rich film festival on the left coast. Though the PSIFF makes seemingly requisite noise about the Hollywood...

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