Happy New Year

Happy new year!

I’ve updated my “Have a Pleasant New Year” article, a precursor to my “Zen Lawyer” column. I hope you experience plenty of pleasantness this year.

Chelsea, Sloane and I are always enthusiastic about the spirit of adventure and growth inherent in a new year. Possibilities.

If you are the sort who believes in New Year’s resolutions, here is a thought from Marcus Aurelius: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! “Gratitude is not only the greatest of all the virtues, but the parent of all others.” Marcus Cicero

Ladenburg, Strickland, Lindquist. Sounds like a law firm, but it’s actually the co-authors of this editorial on Tacoma, the city we are grateful for. We compare Tacoma’s past reputation with today’s reality. The future is bright.

I recently opened a medium.com account. This will serve as a one-stop shop for my beliefs on “leadership, life, literature, and public safety.” In other words, random dispatches from this endless contest of lightness versus darkness, truth versus lies, good versus bad. I’ll try to make sense of the rancorous chaos out there. #InterestingTimes



I was happy to honor the 2017 graduates of Clover Park Technical College as their commencement speaker. There was a contagious spirit of initiative, adventure, and accomplishment in the Tacoma Dome. Here is the text of my speech, which was titled #fivehashtags. In an early draft, I included one of my favorite Zen stories, but it didn’t make the final cut. Here it is from my first Zen Lawyer column.

In other news, we recently won two awards in the Prosecutor’s Office: Outstanding Community Service and Boss of the Year. You can read the article from the Tacoma Weekly and other public safety news at www.marklindquist.org. #KeepOurCommunitySafe

Enjoy your summer. #LiveWithGratitude.

Happy June

In June of 1992, Atlantic Monthly Press published my second novel, “Carnival Desires.” Details magazine called it, “Great postmodern literature. Romantic and cynical, true and original, full of modern ideas and seductive moments … ” Vanity Fair called it, “a witty minimalist epic.” Now I’m older and it’s available on kindle.

In the future book category, here is the finale of “Zen Lawyer,” Chapter 18. For more updates, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram, thanks.

Meanwhile, here’s my “fair share” Op-Ed about one of the many things we are doing in the Prosecutor’s Office to make our community safer. #ProtectingOurCommunity


happy new year

Happy new year! “Tomorrow is the first page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” Brad Paisley, a country music star, wrote this. My musical taste generally runs a different direction, but I like this line.

I wrapped up my “Zen Lawyer” column for Pierce County Lawyer this year. After a long career of published novels, articles, essays, and book reviews, I received the most face-to-face feedback from this column, which I appreciated. I’ve sent the stories to my agent for a possible book. Meanwhile, here is a seasonal riff on friendship, Chapter 12.

You can connect with me on LinkedInInstagramTwitter, Facebook, Facebook and Facebook. I hope to connect with you somewhere this year, maybe even in person.

November 16

Please join us November 17, 2016, at Kings Books in Tacoma, 7pm, for our 8th Annual Signed Books and Spirits Auction. #KeepOurProsecutor

Guest star auctioneers will be auctioning off signed books from Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Representative Denny Heck, and, of course, me. New York Times bestselling authors Maria Semple and Garth Stein have also donated books as have Tacoma authors Jack Cameron and William Turbyfill. For more information, check our Facebook event page, our Facebook group page, or www.marklindquist.org.

I’m nearly done with my Zen Lawyer columns, which will be eventually collected into a book. Meanwhile, Chapter 8, a riff on opinions, facts, and the truth.

Fall 2016

Highlight of 2016 — so far — was playing guitar with Peter Buck of R.E.M. and the Beatniks at our summer celebration.  A great time was had by hundreds. You can find pics and vids at www.marklindquist.org or my Facebook page.

Our next event will be the 8th Annual Signed Book and Spirits Auction at Kings Books in Tacoma, Nov. 17, 7 pm. Chelsea and I are particularly looking forward to this evening as Nov. 17 is our wedding anniversary!  RSVP at the Facebook event page, thanks.

Meanwhile, I’m on LinkedIn now as well as Instagram and Twitter. I also occasionally post on the Support Our Prosecutor Facebook Group. Please join me there, thanks.

Summer 16

Happy mid-year! If you’re in the NW, please join The Beatniks and surprise guests at our family-friendly summer celebration at Ruston Plaza, Saturday, July 30, 2 pm. For more details, go to our Facebook Event page, thank you.

Zen Lawyer, Chapter 13, features one of my favorite riffs about integrity and quality from Steve Jobs. I’ve been reading my daughter “Racing in the Rain,” the YA version of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.

Meanwhile, you can find me on my personal FB page, my public FB page, Twitter, Instagram, or working on community safety as your Prosecutor.

Zen Fall of 2015

My Instagram account just went public.

Zen Lawyer, chapter 10, features a crash course on one-minute meditation. Try it.

I continue to write book reviews for the Seattle Times, including, most recently, “Breem Gives Me Hiccups & Other Stories” by Jesse Eisenberg, star of “The Social Network.”

In the never ending endeavor of making our community safer, I finished a murder trial this month, convicting a defendant who had a wife, a finance, and a girlfriend. He divorced the wife and shot the fiancee so he could be with his girlfriend. You can read about it on my Facebook page.

Zen End of 2014

Closing out a good 2014, looking forward to a good 2015.

In addition to various community and family activities, I was re-elected with more than 96% of the vote, I successfully tried another murder case, made progress on a new novel, wrote book reviews for The Seattle Times, and continued my Zen Lawyer column for the Tacoma Pierce County Bar News.

The first chapter, published in March/April 2014, was an introduction with a Zen story about life and luck, “Maybe.”  The sixth chapter, which will be published in January/February 2015, features a Zen story about anger and gratitude, “Heaven and Hell.

Mark Lindquist kickoff

I’m running for reelection. We have everything you would want in a campaign, except an opponent. Robert F. Kennedy said, “About twenty percent of the people are opposed to everything all of the time,” but I still picked up more than 96% of the vote in the primary.

The kick-off party featured musical guest stars Molly Ringwald, Peter Buck of R.E.M., and local greats The Beatniks. You can see pictures at www.marklindquist.org. I also posted some on my semi-new Facebook page.

Meanwhile, I’ve updated this site with more book reviews, including one of my favorite non-fiction books of the year, Walter Kirn’s Blood Will Out, and James Ellroy’s new crime fiction, Perfidia.

John McGrath

John McGrath wrote a good story for The News Tribune about an unusually entertaining Continuing Legal Education class featuring sports, law, and life lessons.

Mary Ann Gwinn, the blessed Books Editor for The Seattle Times, put together an honorable tribute for the 40th Anniversary of Elliott Bay Books in Seattle.  I weighed in along with my friend Garth Stein and others.

I’m working on a new novel, slowly. I never mind being asked about it as it reminds me I have work to do.

interview with Molly

“When it Happens to You,” Molly Ringwald’s “novel in stories,” is out in paperback.

I interviewed Molly for The Oregonian.  We talked music, books, and the Bad Old Days.

Speaking of the Bad Old Days, in 2001 I interviewed Peter Buck for the Hartford Courant. We talked music, books, and the narrative of growing older.

In the picture on the left, I believe I was 30. I thought I was getting old.

Blog Post 1

Welcome to my updated website, 2013 version.  Thanks for visiting.

I’m more active on Facebook than here, and I have a website as Prosecutor.

I am going to use this blog to post links to reviews and articles I’ve written or enjoyed reading. I will also comment occasionally on books, movies, crime, life and so on.

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” — Albert Camus

Thanks for reading.