The name derives from "Hermeneutics" (the study of theory). Despite the name, the writing was never aimed at teens. Rumor has it that the editors of Hermenaut were trying to trick Sassy Magazine into naming it Sassy's "Zine-of-the-Month." (The full title was later shortened to "The Digest of Heady Philosophy.")
Each issue was devoted to a particular theme, using pop culture icons --such as Bruce Lee and Princess Diana-- as a means to discuss heady philosophy (e.g., "Camp: An Introduction"). The highlight of every issue was an honorary "Hermenaut of the Month."
The first issue of Hermenaut appeared in 1992. Hermenaut continued to be published sporadically in the new millenium, both in print and on the Web. The editors took part in the 1996 Kill Zinesters Tour, and later relocated from Minneapolis, MN to Jamaica Plain, MA.