Author Mark Lindquist in the New York Post
09/15/2018
Transgressive Fiction

Here’s a new literary website for you: transgressivefiction. It’s cool.

People sometimes ask if I read a piece about myself or my work and the answer is always, “No.”  When I was a young novelist, my editor advised me against reading my reviews or profiles, good or bad. Eventually I understood the wisdom of this. I read emails from readers and constituents. I read blogs by readers and writers. I might read a tweet, but I do not read reviews or any other kind of press if I’m the subject. This is a good rule for artists and public officials. Never read about yourself. If you slip, which happens, you won’t learn anything about yourself or your work. You’ll only learn about the person writing about you. As Anais Nin noted, “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.”

Author Mark Lindquist daughter Sloane
08/19/2018
August Activities

The events are endless, from street fairs to community celebrations, but for Sloane it is always about face painting. Chelsea and I appreciate all of you who greet us, share stories, and encourage us to keep up the good fight. We are grateful for the volunteers who continue to step up. Let us know if you want to join us, thank you. www.marklindquist.org

I do not have much time for reading these days, but I did finish “The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph” by Ryan Holiday and it’s still on my nightstand next to “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius. Ryan was kind enough to send me his other books, too. I’ll report on those later. “Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing and wherever we are going, we owe it to ourselves, to our art, to the world to do it well.”

Keep Our Prosecutor Mark Lindquist
06/24/2018
Summertime

It’s summertime, and the livin’ is busy.

Chelsea, Sloane, and I have been all over the county, from the Gig Harbor Maritime Parade to Meeker Days in Puyallup to the Buckley Log Show. We appreciate seeing friends everywhere we go. Pierce County is big, diverse, and friendly. I appreciate every opportunity to communicate with the community we serve in the Prosecutor’s Office.

You can learn more at www.marklindquist.org or follow on Facebook. We can always use more volunteers, yard sign locations, and, of course, donations. Thank you!

#KeepOurProsecutor #KeepOurCommunitySafe

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist family
05/13/2018
Keep Our Prosecutor

Keep our community safe, keep our prosecutor.

That’s what good people in Pierce County are saying this year. I’m a career Prosecutor going into my tenth year. Time does fly. I’ve been appointed, elected, and re-elected. Now I’m running again to keep serving.

Our public safety successes have been remarkable — protecting elders, reducing gang violence and other crime, diversion programs for those with mental health issues or drug addiction, and our new lawsuit I filed against Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic. You can join our team of people committed to a safe and strong community by visiting www.marklindquist.org.

Mark Lindquist Kickoff Concert with The Beatniks
04/11/2018
Kickoff Concert with The Beatniks

The Keep Our Prosecutor Kickoff Concert with The Beatniks is Saturday, April 14, at 6 pm. Join us, thanks!

Tacoma Mayor Woodards will welcome the crowd, Detective Ed Troyer will serve as Emcee, and The Beatniks will rock the Landmark Temple Theatre in Tacoma! We expect musical guest stars as well.

You can learn more at our Facebook event page. #KeepOurProsecutor #KeepOurCommunitySafe

Thanks, see you Saturday night!

Mark Lindquist - superhero
01/24/2018
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.”

Mark Lindquist's daughter dancing on the beach
11/23/2017
Happy Thanksgiving

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

 

Mark Lindquist commencement speech
06/29/2017
Commencement Speech

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.

Mark Lindquist second novel Carnival Desires
05/28/2017
Carnival Desires Redux

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

 

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and family
12/31/2016
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.

Never Mind Nirvana by author Mark Lindquist
Purchase the book: Amazon
11/15/2016
Signed Books and Spirits Auction

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.

Mark Lindquist playing guitar with Peter Buck of R.E.M. and the Beatniks
09/15/2016
So You Wanna Be

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.

The Beatniks and Peter Buck play at Mark Lindquist fundraiser
06/05/2016
Happy Mid-Year

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 Lawyer by Mark Lindquist
10/18/2015
Zen Lawyer and Meditation

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.

Author Mark Lindquist's daughter
12/10/2014
Zen Lawyer Maybe

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 concert
09/06/2014
Kickoff Concert

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.

07/06/2013
Sports, Law, and Life Lessons

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.

Author Mark Lindquist and actress Molly Ringwald
06/06/2013
interview with Molly Ringwald

“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.

Author Mark Lindquist blog
05/31/2013
Welcome to My Blog

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.