Michael Lindgren

Freelance writer and editor

Born in Jackson, Michigan, educated at Dartmouth College. Former book editor and bookseller; reviews and essays in Washington Post, many more. Jersey City, NJ.


What libraries lost when they threw out the card catalog
This book about card catalogues sent me into a week-long depression.
Promised Land Calling: Remembering Chuck Berry, 1926-2017
In the beginning, there was Chuck. Forget Elvis Presley; everyone knew who the real king was.
What makes song lyrics poetry?
When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize, it produced a bonanza of debate over questions that had long dominated late-night dorm-room and barstool conversations.
New bios of baseball legends Stengel, Durocher
Longtime New Yorkers and curious younger baseball fans alike will be happy to celebrate Opening Day with biographies of emblematic New York baseball men.
Craft Fare: On the Art of Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson's artworks, on display at Point Green, in Brooklyn, are a breakthrough in formal strategies and feminist praxis.
The Miseducation of Henry Adams
Adams was like a 19th-century Kylo Ren: hangdog in affect, haunted by a distinguished ancestry.
Happiness Is a Warm Debate
I moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2000, where I found myself living among men who were not much like me.
Cheever in Charge
This spring's double-barreled canonization at last allows us finally to pose the question: Was Cheever great?
In four books, four different visions for fixing higher education
In a famous episode of "The Sopranos," Tony takes his teenage daughter on a college trip to an idyllic New England hamlet.
Why I Hate Brooklyn Lit: A Dissent
Michael Lindgren is a veteran book reviewer with The L Magazine and has long been a dissenting editorial voice on the subject of the nascent Brooklyn literary scene.
Slang and the City: Friendship
Near the end of Emily Gould's engaging debut novel Friendship, a jaded older woman gives protagonist Amy Schein some advice.
Review, 'Football: Great Writing about the National Sport'
"A rude and brainless subculture of fascist drunks," Hunter S. Thompson wrote of sportswriters.
The Last Book I Loved: Dream Songs
My relationship with John Berryman's Dream Songs, like the songs themselves, is murky, complicated, obscure in origin, and not easy to explain.
Abstract art exhibitions | Museums & Attractions | Time Out New York Kids
Some adults may find it mysterious, but abstract art is often enchanting, even coherent, to kids.
Poet Kay Ryan brings 'The Best of It' to her reading Sunday in Cleveland
The poems in Kay Ryan's astonishing collection "The Best of It" are so crisp and immediate that they seem effortless.
Against the Grain podcast
Against the Grain is a podcast about culture, books, music, and art. Hosted by Mike LIndgren. Based in Jersey City.

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