Ray Mungo

Raymond Mungo (born 1946) is the author, co-author, or editor of more than a dozen books. He writes about business, economics, and financial matters as well as cultural issues. In the 1960s, he attended Boston University, where he served as a writer on the Boston University News in 1966-67; and where, as a student leader, he spearheaded demonstrations against the Vietnam War.

In 1967, Mungo co-founded the Liberation News Service (LNS), an alternative news agency, along with Marshall Bloom.[1][2] LNS split off from College Press Service (CPS) in a political dispute. The founding event was a notably tumultuous meeting that transpired not far from the offices of CPS on Church Street in Washington, D.C.. Mungo descriptively details this event in his book, Famous Long Ago: My Life and Hard Times with the Liberation News Service.

In 1968, he moved to Vermont with Verandah Porche and others as part of the back-to-the-land movement.

Mungo continued to write through the 1970s and 1980s; however in 1997 his career path took a different turn. When he wrote Palm Springs Babyon in 1993 he lived in Palm Springs, California. He completed a master's degree in counseling and began working with the severely mentally ill and with AIDS patients in Los Angeles. Mungo visited France in 2000 and briefly considered relocating there.

Works and PublicationsEdit

  • Famous Long Ago: My Life and Hard Times with Liberation News Service. Beacon Press, Boston, 1970
  • Total Loss Farm: A Year in the Life. E. P. Dutton, New York, 1970, and many other editions
  • Between Two Moons: A Technicolor Travelogue. Beacon Press, Boston, 1972
  • Tropical Detective Story: The Flower Children Meet the VooDoo Chiefs. Fiction. E. P. Dutton, New York, 1972
  • Return to Sender: When the Fish in the Water was Thirsty. Houghton Miflin, Boston, and San Francisco Book Company, 1975
  • Moving On, Holding Still. Photos by Peter Simon text by Raymond Mungo. Grossman Publishers, New York
  • Mungobus, Avon Books, New York. Trilogy containing Famous Long Ago, Total Loss Farm, and Return to Sender in one paperback edition
  • Famous Long Ago: My Life and Hard Times with Liberation News Service, at Total Loss Farm, and on the Dharma Trail. Citadel Underground Classics, Carol Publishing, New York, 1990. Trilogy of Famous Long Ago, Total Loss Farm, and Return to Sender in one paperback edition
  • Home Comfort. With the People of Total Loss Farm. Saturday Review Press, New York
  • Cosmic Profit: How to Make Money Without Doing Time, Atlantic Little Brown, Boston, 1980
  • Confessions from Left Field, E. P. Dutton Co., New York, 1983
  • Lit Biz 101, Dell Publishing, New York, 1986
  • The Learning Annex Guide to Getting Successfully Published, Carol Publishing, New York
  • Beyond the Revolution, Contemporary Books, Chicago, 1990
  • Mungo, Ray (1993). Palm Springs Babylon: Sizzling Stories from the Desert Playground of the Stars. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press.
  • No Credit Required: How to Buy a House when you Don't Qualify for a Mortgage. New American Library, New York, 1993
  • Your Autobiography: Over 300 Questions to Help You Write Your Life Story, Macmillan Publishers, New York, 1994
  • Liberace, Chelsea House, 1995. In the 'Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians' series edited by Martin Duberman
  • San Francisco Confidential, Carol Publishing, New York, 1996


  1. ^ Mungo, Raymond (1970). Famous long ago : my life and time with Liberation News Service. Boston: Beacon Press.
  2. ^ Slonecker, Blake (2010). "We are Marshall Bloom : sexuality, suicide and the collective memory of the Sixties". The Sixties : A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. 3 (2): 187–205. doi:10.1080/17541328.2010.525844.