Michael LaPointe

is a writer and critic in Toronto, Canada. He contributes to the Times Literary Supplement and writes a monthly literary essay for The Walrus.

His criticism has appeared in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Maisonneuve, The Globe & Mail and The Literary Review of Canada. His fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Prism International, Event, Highway, Weekday and Joyland.

He is represented by Chelsea Lindman of Greenburger Associates, and can be reached by email or followed on Twitter.

Photo by Mandy-Lyn Antoniou

For a complete portfolio, click here.

For his monthly essays in The Walrus, click here.

Selected Writing

All selections available free and online.


Chernobyl's Literary Legacy
(The Atlantic, ESSAY)

One-Trick Tiger
(The Walrus, ESSAY)

The Armageddon of New China
(Los Angeles Review of Books, ESSAY)

The Right Information
(Times Literary Supplement, ESSAY)


Vladimir Sorokin and the Russian Novel's Identity Crisis
(The Atlantic, ESSAY)

In Search of the Thing-itself
(Tikkun, ESSAY)

Impartial Record of the Break-up
(Vol. 1 Brooklyn, FICTION)

Paranoia, the Realistic Response
(Los Angeles Review of Books, ESSAY)

Poses, with Painting
(Highway, FICTION)

Choose Your Own Ending
(The Walrus, ESSAY)


In Our Nature
(The Walrus, ESSAY)

The Book Gets Fatter
(Los Angeles Review of Books, ESSAY)

Autopsy of an Inscription, 2/9/88
(Dot Com, ESSAY)


Second Acts
(Los Angeles Review of Books, ESSAY)

Death Becomes Her
(Los Angeles Review of Books, ESSAY)

King of the Granola Heads
(Times Literary Supplement, ESSAY)

What's Happened to CanLit?
(The Literary Review of Canada, ESSAY)

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