Michael LaPointe

is a writer and critic in Toronto, Canada. He has written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. His short fiction has appeared in The Walrus and Hazlitt. He has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and his short fiction has been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories.

He is represented by Jim Rutman of Sterling Lord Literistic.

He can be reached by email and followed on Twitter.

Photo by Mandy-Lyn Antoniou

Selected Writing

All selections available free and online.

For a complete portfolio, click here.


Chasing the Pearl of Lao Tzu
(The Atlantic, FEATURE)

The Stunt
(Hazlitt, FICTION)

An Interview with Javier Marias
(The Paris Review, INTERVIEW)

(The Walrus, FICTION)

Nico: Beyond the Icon
(The Paris Review, ESSAY)

Yesterday's Genius
(Brick, ESSAY)

A Novel of the AIDS Pandemic That Shouldn't Be Forgotten
(The New Yorker, ESSAY)


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Convict
(The Atlantic, ESSAY)

Age of Anger
(The Globe and Mail, REVIEW)


My Wife's Novel
(Litro, FICTION)

The Pleasures of Incomprehensibility
(The Paris Review, ESSAY)

Send in the Swans
(Hazlitt, ESSAY)

Who Is the Me?
(Los Angeles Review of Books, ESSAY)

Chernobyl's Literary Legacy
(The Atlantic, ESSAY)

One-Trick Tiger
(The Walrus, ESSAY)

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