Michael Lindgren

Freelance writer and editor

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



Washington Post

Review | What is the strange allure of Bob Ross? I painted my way to an answer, sort of.

My painting doesn't look much like the painting in the book, but it's ... not awful?

Washington Post

Review | A look at the two men who turned up the volume on rock music

Consider the Fender Stratocaster.


Weegee bio is flamboyant portrait of NYC street photographer

Even if you don't recognize the name Arthur Fellig, you know his work.

Washington Post

What libraries lost when they threw out the card catalog

This book about card catalogues sent me into a week-long depression.

Men's Journal

Promised Land Calling: Remembering Chuck Berry, 1926-2017

In the beginning, there was Chuck. Forget Elvis Presley; everyone knew who the real king was.


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 Millions

The Miseducation of Henry Adams

Adams was like a 19th-century Kylo Ren: hangdog in affect, haunted by a distinguished ancestry.


Cheever in Charge

This spring's double-barreled canonization at last allows us finally to pose the question: Was Cheever great?

Washington Post

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.

Brooklyn Magazine

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.

Washington Post

Review, 'Football: Great Writing about the National Sport'

"A rude and brainless subculture of fascist drunks," Hunter S. Thompson wrote of sportswriters.

The Rumpus.net

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.

Time Out

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.